Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Kindergarten Spring Reading
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Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
  1. Be a Reading Role Model
    Be a Reading Role Model
    Provide a good role model - read yourself and read often to your child.
  2. What are you Picturing?
    What are you Picturing?
    Ask your child: What are you picturing in your mind as you read the story?
  3. Set a Time to Read
    Set a Time to Read
    Establish a reading time and read with your child for 20 minutes.
  4. Replace Television with Reading
    Replace Television with Reading
    Establish one evening week for reading (instead of television viewing).
  5. Use Mentor Texts
    Use Mentor Texts
    Mentor texts are pieces of literature that you can return to and reread for many different purposes. Texts are read aloud to students and discussed. Suggested Mentor Texts: Dinosaur Chase; The Runaways: Zelda & Ivy, Tumbleweed Stew
If your child gets stuck on a word...
When reading with your child encourage all their reading efforts and if they are stuck on a word:

  • Tell them to read letter sounds together
  • Ask them does that look right?
  • Ask them does that make sense?
  • Ask them does it sound right?
  • Look at the picture to figure out a word
  • Reread the sentence to see if it makes sense with the story
Connect with the School
  • Help the teacher get to know your child. During the first week of school, tell the teacher about your child as a person-her likes and dislikes, strengths and weakness, general personality traits, and your vision for your child in the future. The more the teacher knows your child as a person, the better she can address your child’s specific situation.

  • Keep the teacher informed about your child, including recent assessments, medical information, family situations-in other words, anything that will have an impact on your child’s performance.

  • Be collaborative. Look at this as a partnership, with the goal being to have your son/daughter succeed at education.

  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. Whether it’s by email, phone, notes, or in person, our parent advisors make an ongoing effort to stay in touch with their children’s teachers.

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