Questions Parents Should Ask...


If you have questions about your child's overall reading progress, ask...
  1. What is my child's level in reading? What does this mean he/she can do?
  2. Where does he/she need to improve?
  3. Is there a difference between how well my child reads individual words and how well he/she understands what he/she reads? If so, what can we do at home to improve the weaker areas?
  4. Are you using a specific program to teach my child? If so, what skills does this program teach?
  5. If you are not using a specific program, what strategies are you using to teach my child to identify words, read smoothly and understand what he/she reads?
  6. What kinds of things are you doing to help my child succeed in reading? (for example: support from a reading specialist, differentiated materials) What can we do at home?
  7. What can I do at home to help my son/daughter read well? (For example: Can you suggest workshops, reading lists, parent/child materials that I may borrow, or website supports?)
If you have questions about Word Recognition, Sounds, and Fluency in Reading, ask...
  1. Has my child ever been tested for language and sound awareness? If so, how recently and what did the test show?
  2. What is being done in the classroom to help my child avoid pausing unnecessarily at words?
  3. What strategies are being taught to help my child work through difficult sounds or words when reading?
  4. What are some books, poems, nursery rhymes, word games, books, videos, audio materials, etc. that I can use at home to help my child with word recognition, sounds and/or reading aloud?
  5. For practicing reading at home, would you help me select materials that my child can read comfortably (i.e. where 90% of the words are ones my child knows)?
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