Often times, students cannot understand why they are not performing well on their reading tests. They say, “but I know how to read.” And they are correct! They do know how to read. They could sound out almost all the words, and read the sentences just how they were supposed to sound. However, reading is so much more than making the words sound right. As adult readers, we use reading strategies to make sense of the text we are reading. Most of the time, we don’t even realize we are doing it! When you pick up a magazine, do you scan the title, pictures, and maybe the captions? You are making predictions; therefore, you are giving yourself a purpose to continue reading. As parents and educators, it’s important to reinforce these strategies at home when reading with your child. Some of the important ones include: make predictions, make connections to the text, use prior knowledge and scan for text features. Teaching your child to apply strategies to their reading will help them become a better reader.

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