Oatlands Primary School

CAFE strategies for Parents

Check for Understanding – COMPREHENSION

  • Ask your child to find the WHO and the WHAT on each page
  • Use sticky/post it notes to label them

Cross Checking – ACCURACY

  • Children learn 3 actions with their hands
  • Each hand move represents a different question
  • Does it look right?
  • Does it sound right?
  • Does it make sense?
  • When a child makes an error they should ask themselves these questions to learn to self-correct.

Tune in to interesting words - EXPANDING VOCABULARY

  • Discuss what is an interesting word
  • It could be interesting because it rhymes, is a new word, it sounds different, looks different or is just relevant to the student.
  • Always talk to your child about the meanings of words
  • Remember that just because a student can say a word does not mean they know what it means
  • Not knowing what a word means affects overall understanding

Back up and Re-Read - COMPREHENSION

  • Remind your child that this strategy goes with cross checking.
  • After a child makes an error ask them to back up and re-read
  • This strategy should be used all the time
  • It teaches your child to stop and go back so they can cross check

Read appropriate level texts - ACCURACY

  • Teachers will determine types of books
  • Trust this judgment
  • Even if a student can read the words in a book, they may lack comprehension

Voracious Reading - FLUENCY

  • Teachers explain that this is eager and enthusiastic reading
  • We model ‘robot’ reading and talk about why it’s boring
  • We talk about changing tone of voice
  • Children need lots of practice in this skill

Use prior knowledge to connect with text - COMPREHENSION

  • We teach children to recall things they already know about a topic before they read a book
  • During book introductions prior knowledge of a topic should be discussed
  • Vocab relating to a topic should also be discussed

Make a picture or mental image - COMPREHENSION

  • Teach children to visualize in their minds
  • Where am i? which is a great game to help children with this skill
  • Talk about what setting or characters in a book may look like

Use the pictures - ACCURACY

  • Always look at picture during book introductions
  • Discuss what can be seen to introduce vocabulary that may be unknown
  • Always allow students to look at pictures

Retell the story - COMPREHENSION

Really important strategy

  • After reading get children to retell 5 events from the story.
  • Use fingers to reference
  • Talk about beginning, middle and end of story

Use beginning and ending sounds - ACCURACY

  • When your child gets stuck on a word allow them some time to pause.
  • Then prompt them by asking them to identify the initial sound and then the final sound. This often assists the child to link the sounds and ultimately read the word.
  • If this does not work always tell your child but praise their efforts.

Skip the word then come back - ACCURACY

  • When your child comes to a word they do not know encourage them to skip it.
  • When they return to the word they may need assistance to figure it out.
  • A great way to assist your child with this strategy is to cover a known word with sticky notes. When they read the word is skipped. On return a letter at a time is revealed and the child attempts to figure out the word.

Flip the sound - ACCURACY

  • When children are reading a word and it sounds wrong it may be because they are using the wrong sounds.
  • When using this strategy we teach children to recall all sounds a letter makes. Eg Phillip is pronounced Filip not P-hill- ip.
  • Knowing that a letter has more than one sound is a vital strategy to decode words

Chunk letters and sounds together

  • We teach the children to break words into smaller parts to help decode
  • Breaking words up and then re-joining
  • An example would be – temperature temp er at ure

Use pictures, illustrations and diagrams

  • Always ask your child to refer to pictures in a text
  • Often the vital clues may be in the pictures
  • Pictures can also assist your child with difficult vocabulary

Ask someone to define a word for you

  • When reading your child may encounter a new word or may say a word but not know it’s meaning
  • Always discuss word meanings. You may like to look for new words before even reading the book.
  • This strategy helps with overall comprehension

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