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Think about your child reading?

  • Do they understand what they are reading or are they just saying the words?

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Schema is the background knowledge a reader has. We understand what we can relate to past experiences, other texts we’ve read and the world around us as we understand it.

Advanced readers make these connections naturally and unconsciously; emerging readers often need to be taught to do it.

  • Before your child reads, have them look at the title or cover or even flip through the book and predict what they think it might be about. Have them reflect later to see if they were correct.
  • Try to ask open ended questions such as “What do you think will happen next? Why?” or “What do you think the character will do next?” or “What question(s) would you like to ask the author?”

It is important to make connections so try to ask questions such as, “Have you ever felt the same way as the character? Or “How would you feel if this happened to you? Or “What would you have done in the same circumstance?”