Reading Tips for Parents

Reading Tips for Parents

You can be the key to your

child's success with literacy.

As his or her first teacher,

you are in a unique position to help

instill a love of reading in your child.

Read aloud to your child. Choose material(books, magazines, comics) based on topics your child finds interesting. Ask your child questions about what has just been read. (The Who, What, Where, When and Why of a story.)

Create an alphabet of pictures. Choose a sound and ask your child to cut out pictures of things that begin with that sound. Have your child glue their picture onto an index card and write the letter that makes that sound. Use these cards to review sounds.

Surround your children with reading material. Children with a large supply of reading materials in their homes are known to score higher on standardized tests.

Encourage a wide variety of reading activities. Make reading an important part of your child's life. Have them read menus, grocery lists, roads signs, game directions, the comics, or movie time listings.

Be knowledgeable about your children's progress. Find out what reading skills your child is expected to have at each grade level. The school's curriculum will give you this information. Get help promptly for reading problems. Reading problems do not magically disappear with time. The earlier children receive help, the more likely they will become good readers.

Let your child gradually share some of the reading aloud. You read a sentence, paragraph, or page, then it's your child's turn. Take over if your child seems tired or discouraged.

Keep reading a fun thing, not just hard work. Leave notes in a lunch bag or on the refrigerator for your child to discover and read. Make it simple, using words your child knows or you think they can sound out.