Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency


Get your child excited about reading!

  1. Every child reads something he/she chooses: offer choices and a variety of materials.  The experience of choosing the reading material boosts motivation.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Every child talks with peers about reading and writing: conversation with peers improves comprehension skills and engagement with text.
  5. 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.
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