Get your child excited about reading!
- Every child reads something he/she chooses: offer choices and a variety of materials. The experience of choosing the reading material boosts motivation.
- Every child reads accurately and understands what they read: The reason is simple….it’s not just the time spent with book in hand, but rather the intensity and volume of high success reading that determines a students’ progression in learning to read.
- Every child writes about something meaningful: When students write about something they care about, they use principles of spelling and grammar because it matters to them that their ideas are communicated.
- Every child talks with peers about reading and writing: conversation with peers improves comprehension skills and engagement with text.
- Every child listens to a fluent adult read aloud: Listening to an adult model fluent reading increases own fluency and comprehension skills.
Make writing fun!
- Go places with your child and talk about the things you have seen, head, smelled, tasted and touched.
- Let children see you write often.
- Be as helpful as you can in helping children write.
- Provide a suitable place for children to write.
- Encourage (but do not demand) frequent writing.
- Praise your child's effort at writing.
Tips for reading at home
- Create opportunities to read aloud daily.
- Make reading enjoyable and be positive during reading time.
- Talk about the books before, during and after.
- Encourage your child to read a variety of materials: newspaper, magazines, online articles.
- Provide children with a 10-15 QUIET reading time.
Fun Sites for Kids
- E-Books: Tumble Book Library (Free trial available) Online collection of talking picture books
- FREE Apps for Kids: Eric Carle’s My First App, I Like School – Books for Children (GrasshopperApps.com), Storybook Rhymes Vol 2 (Fisher-Price), BrainPOP, Sight Word Learning Games Check iTunes or the App Store.
Helpful Links for Parents