TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD
BUILD READING SKILLS
“Reading is a basic life skill. It is a cornerstone for a child’s success in school, and, indeed, throughout life.”
Becoming a Nation of Readers
The Report of the Commission on Reading
- Each home should have a variety of reading materials--newspapers, magazines, novels, brochures, catalogs, instruction manuals. Create a “print- rich” environment.
- Help your child create a reading spot. It should have good lighting, be comfortable, and be away from television or phones.
- Develop family routines that encourage reading:
- Read the morning newspaper together as a family. Discuss what you read.
- Visit the library as a family every week or two. Let your child bring a friend along to the library.
- On long trips, you might want to listen to a book-on-tape together.
- Let your child see some household information-- contracts, bills, directions for new appliances. Discuss the usefulness of good reading in daily life.
- Have a daily reading time with your child--maybe 15-20 minutes. Make reading an enjoyable time.
- Read aloud to your child and with your child.
- Visit bookstores when you are out shopping. Let your child select an appropriate book based on his/her interests and reading level.
- Find out your child’s reading interests. Suggest new books by a favorite author.
- Read a book that is coming out as a movie. Go and see it together and compare the book and the movie.
- If something on television, in a magazine article, or in a conversation interests your child, help him/her research it on the Internet or explore the reference area in a local library.
- Join your child in reading. When you see your child reading, pick up a book or magazine and join him/her.
- Give books as gifts.
- Model. Let your child see you read. Talk about what you read. Let your child see you look up new words in a dictionary.
- Tell make-believe and true stories that interest your child.
- Reading and writing go hand-in-hand. Encourage your child to write--e-mails, pen pals, and journals.