Reading Tips

Reading Tips for Parents

By Ana Kitharidis

 

Read to or listen to your child read every day
(between 10-20 minutes)

 

Tip 6 Making Connections

Good readers make connections when they read.  It might sound like, “Oh that’s happened to me before…” or “I felt the same exact way when…”

There are three different kinds of meaningful connections kids can make:

  1. Text-to-Self Connections (making connections with the characters or events and themselves)

When your child reads, you want them to think about how it reminds them of something they’ve done or something they know. A good connection will help them understand the text better.  As they are reading, help them share those connections out loud and be willing to share your own connections as you read together.

A good text-to-self connection might sound like…

  • This reminds me of the time that I…
  • I know exactly how the character feels because when that happened to me…
  • Remember when…
  • Because I know about ______, I can understand _______.

  1. Text-to-Text

Sometimes we are able to use knowledge about another book to help us understand the book we are reading now.  We might notice this especially when we read book series or books by the same author.  The style or the story line makes the book more predictable and easier to understand.

A good text-to-text connection might sound like…

  • This character reminds me of another character in the book…… because…
  • This part reminds me of the book I read yesterday because…
  • I think the book will end this way because in this other book…

  1. Text-to-World (making connections between someone or some event in the book to our world)

Things we read can remind us of events happening in our world.  It might be something from history, something currently happening in our church/schools, or in our community.  Kids can use that knowledge and apply it to help them comprehend the texts they read.

A good text-to-world connection might sound like…

  • This reminds me of something I heard on the news…
  • This sounds like something that has happened before…
  • It seems like this book happened a long time ago because…
  • This is the same problem we’re facing right now in ……… (name of country/ state/ city/ suburb)