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Kindergarten Sight Words
Miss Soto's Literacy Legacy
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Tips for 2nd Grade Parents

Find ways to read, write, and tell stories together with your child.  Always applaud your young reader and beginning story writer.  The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader.  Try a new tip each week.  See what works best for your child!

  • Tell family tales.  Children love to hear stories about their family.  Talk about a funny thing that happened when you were young.
  • Create a writing toolbox.  Fill a box with drawing and writing materials.  Find opportunities for your child to write, such as the shopping list, thank you notes, or birthday cards.
  • Be your child's #1 fan.  Ask your child to read aloud what he or she has written for school.  Be an enthusiastic listener.
  • One more time with feeling!  When your child has sounded out an unfamiliar word, have him or her reread the entire sentence.  Often kids are so busy figuring out a word they lose the meaning of what they've just read.
  • Create a book together.  Fold pieces of paper in half and staple them to make a book.  Ask your child to write sentences on each page and add illustrations.
  • Do storytelling on the go.  Take turns adding to a story the two of you make up while riding in a car or bus.  Try making the story funny or spooky.
  • Point out the relationship between words.  Explain how related words have similar spellings and meanings.   For example, show how a word like knowledge relates to a word like know.
  • Use a writing checklist.  Have your child create a writing checklist with reminders such as, "Do all of my sentences start with a capital letter?"

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