Let’s learn to use an apostrophe for contractions (do not = don’t).
- When reading, occasionally stop at contractions like can’t, won’t and shouldn’t. Ask if your child can figure out what two words have been put together to make that word, (e.g., don’t is made up of the words do and not).
Let’s learn to recognize one-syllable words that contain a silent e pattern like lake and pole.
- Point out how the “silent e” at the end of some words changes the sound of the vowel in the middle of the word. For example, adding an “e” at the end of pal, changes the sound of the “a” in the new word: pale. Talk about how it’s important to look at the full word before breaking it down into the individual letter sounds.
Let’s learn to read correctly at least 20 words per minute in a text with good expression.
- Read with your child and encourage him or her to read to you. Reread the same books and passages to help him or her gain fluency and to know when question marks and exclamation marks come up so that he or she can read with good expression.
Can your child consistently:
- Use an apostrophe for contractions (do not = don’t).
- Recognize one-syllable words that contain a silent e pattern like lake and pole.
- Read correctly at least 20 words per minute in a text with good expression.
Did you know?
Successful reading develops children’s confidence in their ability to learn, and fosters a love not only of reading, but of learning! 89% of students who read well by Grade 3 will graduate on time.