Reading Strategy Tip #1: Making Real-Life Connections

This is the first in a series of posts about reading strategies I model and use with my own children–Luke, a month shy of 4 years old, and Lilah, 29 months.  Hopefully some of these strategies will be helpful to you as well. 🙂

Reading Strategy Tip #1:
Making Real-Life Connections

I always wonder how much Luke actually gets out of the chapter books we read.  It definitely makes me feel good when I hear him make real-life connections to literature because it shows he is thinking about what we’ve read.

Tonight we bought him a bike and helmet for his upcoming birthday.  He was so excited!  One of the first things he said was, “Now I have a crash helmet just like Ralph!”  (We finished reading The Mouse & the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary a few days ago.)

To help your child start making connections to things they’ve read, begin by modeling it for them: “This reminds me of (a part in a book you’ve read) because _____________.”

For example: “Hey, baking cookies with you makes me think about The Gingerbread Man; I hope OUR cookies don’t try to run away like he did!”

Making connections is a GREAT reading strategy to help increase comprehension, and it’s never too early to start! 🙂


Teaching reading is my passion.  I taught reading in public school for 7 years: 5 years in a 5th grade classroom, and 2 years as a K-5 reading intervention specialist.  I have a master’s degree in Reading Education and hold National Board Certification in Reading/Language Arts: Early and Middle Childhood.  I also personally love to read. 🙂

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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