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At-home coaching plan

Families, looking for a coaching plan for the next two weeks? Scroll through for week 1 and week 2 or download the guide below.

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Week 1: Take a book walk

For this week you’re going to be previewing the book with your child. Watch the video to see how it’s done.

Day 1

Now that you’ve watched the video, take a book walk with your child! After taking the book walk, read the book with your child. Enjoy!

When your child is doing their alone time reading, remind them to “take a book walk” before they begin.

 

No book at home?

Here is an e-book for your child

K: It’s spring

1st: Big sister

2nd: Paleontology with penelope

3rd: Various

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 2

Today when you take a book walk, try to “plant” one of the words from the book–that is talk about the word and what it means before you start reading.

When your child is doing their alone time reading, remind them to “take a book walk” before they begin.

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Bear draws food

1st: Is this a Wild Animal?

2nd: Katie takes a trip to the wild canyon

3rd: Ode to a donut oasis

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 3

Today when you take a book walk, pretend to be the characters you see in each picture. Practice talking in silly character voices. See who can come up with the most interesting idea of what the characters are thinking.

When your child is doing their alone time reading, remind them to “take a book walk” before they begin.

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Animals wear hats

1st: Mr. bunny’s carrot soup

2nd: The four friends

3rd: Draw dragon dot eyes

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 4

Today when you take a book walk, concentrate on asking your child about the events in the story. Ask things like:

How has the picture changed from the previous page?

What do you think may happen next? Why do you think that?

When your child is doing their alone time reading, remind them to “take a book walk” before they begin.

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: I can do it

1st: The turnip

2nd: The woman runner

3rd: Cup bow snake reflection

 

Are you taking a book walk?

Are you taking a book walk with your child? Post a video and tag us!

Day 5

Today, instead of doing a book walk, play “Walk me through your favorite day.” Ask your child to close their eyes, and picture what happened on their favorite day. Then they can describe each part to you.

They could also picture what will happen tomorrow (or next week or a typical weekend day).

Then read a story aloud to your child.

When your child is doing their alone time reading, remind them to “take a book walk” before they begin.

 

Read a story aloud

Need an e-book? Find one here.

 

Are you taking a book walk?

Are you taking a book walk with your child? Post a video and tag us!

Need some more help with this tip?

Download the reading tip summary.

English , Spanish

Week 2: I have another question

This week you’re going to ask your child questions that lead to a conversation after you’re done reading a book together.

Day 1

Now that you’ve watched the video, Let’s try it!  Read and ask your child:

 

“What happened in this book?

 

Was that surprising? Why or why not?” 

 

Remind your child to ask themselves two questions as they read on their own:

 

1) “What happened in this book?”

and

 

2) “What does it remind me of?”

 

No book at home?

Here is an e-book for your child

K: A Trip to the Zoo

1st: Fair for Everyone

2nd: Grandma Always Listens

3rd: The Win-Win Club

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 2

Today, you’re going to talk about predictions. First, look at the title (or take a book walk!) and take turns saying what you think the book will be about. 

Then read the book. Talk about whether or not your prediction came true and why. Remember, it doesn’t really matter if your predictions were right—it’s just fun to make a prediction and have a conversation.

 

Remind your child to ask themselves two questions as they read on their own:

 

1) What do I think is going to happen?”

and

 

2) “What actually happened in this book?”

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Sammy’s picnic

1st: Maria makes a snake  (Create a free account)

2nd: Finding grandpa’s house (Create a free account)

3rd: Amy’s halloween secret (Create a free account)

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 3

Today, take a moment to retell the story after you’re done reading. Read a short book and then ask your child to tell you what happened first, middle, and last. Then ask them:

 

“How do you think the character felt in the end and why?”

 

Remember, you want to have a conversation.

 

Remind your child to ask themselves two questions as they read on their own:

 

1) “What happened in this book?”

and

 

2) “What might the character be thinking?”

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

 

K: A trip to the circus

1st: The no tail cat

2nd:  Sophie’s rescue

3rd: Sophie’s rescue

 

Activity (optional)

Invite your child to listen (and follow along, if they are old enough) to a story on https://www.storynory.com/ and then retell it to you!

Day 4

Today, you’re going to focus on helping your child make a connection to the story. After you read a story together, ask: 

 

Did this remind you of anything in your life? How so?

 

This reminds me of________. How does this story connect to that?

 

Remind your child to ask themselves two questions as they read on their own:

 

1) “What happened in this book?”

and

 

2) “What does it remind me of?”

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Pumpkin, pumpkin

1st: The little rooster

2nd: I like to go exploring

3: A sea turtle named yertle

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 5

Play charades! Instead of retelling the story you read today, take turns silently acting out different events in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Try to act out the events in the order they appeared in the story.

 

If you’re doing this with a nonfiction text, act out interesting things you learned. Here is a great place to find nonfiction texts.

 

Remind your child to ask themselves questions as they read today.

 

Activity (optional)

Invite your child to watch a clip from Planet Earth! Then they can tell you three

Need some more help with this tip?

Download the reading tip summary.

English , Spanish

Week 3: Feeling frustrated? That’s okay!

This week you’re going to help your child enjoy reading even when it’s a little bit hard.

Day 1

Now that you’ve watched the video, let’s try it! Choose a book and start reading!

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, remind them to choose a book that they are able to read on their own.

 

No book at home?

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Sammy’s picnic

1st: Pluto, the dwarf planet

2nd: Cell phone games

3rd: Tablecloth pull challenge

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 2

Today you can help your child choose the right book by asking if the words look hard or easy. Pick a book and help them discover if they can read the book alone or need your help!

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, remind them to slow down to figure out the words.

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Family vs. my family

1st: Polar bear adaptations

2nd: Would you step out into space?

3rd: Time for turtles

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 3

Today ask your child to color three circles: one red, one green, and one yellow. When they begin to read, hold up each circle like it’s a stoplight. Hold up green until your child comes to a place in the book where they need to slow down, then hold up the yellow circle. To pick up the pace, hold up the green circle again. Use the red circle to signal when you need to stop and work on something together

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, remind them to reread sentences that are hard for them.

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Why Do I Have Bones?

1st: Pancakes for Breakfast

2nd: Everyone Counts in the 2020 Census

3rd: 17 Most Intelligent Animals in the World

 

Activity (optional)

Help your child connect with their mind and body by following along with a musical yoga class!

Day 4

Today when you focus on helping your child minimize frustration, ask things like:

 

This story is a little confusing. Can you tell me what’s going on in the story? What do we need to do to understand it better?

 

There are a lot of words on this page. Can you read again, and this time make your voice match the characters better? Let me show you what I mean (then demonstrate with a read aloud).

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, remind them to think about what is going on in the story.

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Little Rabbit is Sad

1st: Make Your Bed

2nd: Make Believe Box

3rd: How the Tiger Got His Stripes

 

Are you using this week’s reading tip?

Are you using this week’s reading tip? Post a video to Facebook and tag @Springboard Collaborative and the hashtag #ReadFor15!

Day 5

Today, help your child practice an activity (dance, sports, music, etc.)! Acknowledge that learning something new is hard, use questions to help them get past their frustration, show them how to do it (if you can), and encourage them to keep going!

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, watch for a few minutes and see if they can work through frustrating moments using the skills that they have learned.

 

Read a story aloud

Read a story aloud to your child and focus on reading being joyful! For a change of pace, sit down and listen to read aloud with your child. Find one here read by a professional actor!

 

Need some more help with this tip?

Download the reading tip summary.

English , Spanish

Week 4: Scoop

This week you’re going to help your child to sound like a storyteller by “scooping up” words into phrases and sentences.

Day 1

Now that you’ve watched the video, let’s try it! Choose a book and start reading!

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, remind them to try scooping the words rather than reading them one by one.

 

No book at home?

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Happy

1st: We the children

2nd: The busy bee

3rd: Bake cool cakes in the microwave

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 2

Today you can help your child warm-up, pause, and do a practice read-through to figure out any new words.

 

Then encourage them to re-read and scoop up the words into fluid phrases and sentences. Want to hear other kids reading fluently? Find a video of kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade.

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, remind them to warm up and then re-read.

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Something new to do

1st:Lost and found

2nd:How to draw funny spaghetti and meatballs

3rd: The wild parrots of San Francisco

 

Activity (optional)

Have your child finish with 10 minutes of word game here

Word games

Day 3

Today try to play “Save the Robot!”

 

Take turns being the robot that gets “saved” and turned into a human. 

First, whoever is the “robot” reads aloud a sentence (or page) in their best robot (choppy, word-by-word) voice. 

Then their partner looks for the magic button on the robot. Is it on their back? On the bottom of their shoe? When they push the button, the robot turns into a human!

As a new human, the robot can’t wait to read the sentence in their new human (smooth) voice.

Switch roles and play again with a new page.

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, you can invite them to try switching from “robot voice” to scooping.

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Play ball!

1st: Play dough fun

2nd: Why do you like being a kid?

3rd: Try not to laugh challenge

 

Activity (optional)

 Create a Robot

 

Build a robot out of household materials (empty cardboard boxes, cans, paper towel rolls) or draw a robot on a piece of paper. Don’t forget to name your robot and decide what it’s special skills are.

Day 4

Today when you practice scooping, concentrate on helping your child sound like a storyteller. Ask things like:

 

Can you read those words in a phrase?

 

Did that scooping sound like talking?

 

Can you try putting it all together?

 

Don’t forget to give positive feedback and celebrate small successes!

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, remind them to slow down, figure out the words, and then re-read like a storyteller.

 

E-books

Here is an e-book for your child

K: Moving at the zoo

1st: Is this a wild animal?

2nd: Space

3rd: Awesome animal jokes

 

Using this week’s reading tip?

Are you using this week’s reading tip? Post a video to Facebook and tag @Springboard Collaborative and the hashtag #ReadFor15!

Day 5

Today, in addition to scooping while reading, try inviting your child to talk like you. You may be surprised how you sound to them! Then you can take turns trying to talk like another adult you both know. If you want, you could both try to talk like someone famous. Your child may really enjoy doing celebrity impressions! 

 

When your child is doing their alone-time reading, watch for a few minutes and then ask them to pause and read aloud while scooping the words. See if they can do it with just a little help from you.

 

Read a story aloud

Then read a story aloud to your child, pausing to talk about how you scoop up all the words together. Want to listen to a story with silly voices? Find one here.

Need some more help with this tip?

Download the reading tip summary.

English , Spanish

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Join us on YouTube for workshops & reading tips

Family workshops are key to becoming an at-home reading coach. In April 2020, we hosted weekly family workshops over Facebook Live videos to work with families in real-time. While we’re not hosting live workshops right now, you can still watch the recorded videos to learn reading strategies to use with your children at home. This YouTube playlist has all of our virtual family workshops in English and Spanish.
 

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