This page is designed to provide insight, resources, and materials to assist parents in helping with the education of their children. Please take the thoughts and resources provided here and use them as you can as your children grow and learn.
Reading is the foundation of success in school... and in life. Research shows that kids who spend as little as 30 minutes a day reading books, magazines, or newspapers are more likely to become good readers. Encourage your child to spend some time reading every day.
25 Ways Parents Can Read With Children:
- Reading is a skill, and it gets better with practice.
- Help your child get the library habit.
- Make reading easy and accessible.
- Read aloud to your child.
- Ask your teacher what tips teachers use to help kids become better readers.
- Give your child a wide range of experiences, which are the foundation for understanding what he/she reads.
- Relax your family's bedtime rules once a week to let your child read in bed.
- Look for unusual places for your daily reading time with your child.
- Have a family contest to determine "the Most Unusual Place I Ever Read."
- Schedule a time when everyone in the family reads at the same time.
- Find ways to squeeze reading into a busy day such as breakfast, bathtub time, and commuting.
- Start a family library so your child's favorite books can be enjoyed again and again.
- Invite a guest reader to read to your child.
- If a good book isn't on your child's reading level, it might be a great book to read aloud.
- For a very early reader make labels for everything your child sees or uses.
- Limit the amount of TV your child watches.
- Following a recipe together is an excellent way to give your child practice in reading directions.
- For a fun reading activity, try a scavenger hunt.
- To help your child learning about the different sections of your newspaper, try a scavenger hunt through your newspaper.
- For a child who's just learning to recognize letters, play "Alphabet Concentration."
- A "reading dinner" can provide special reading time for your family.
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