Reading Tips for Parents

  • Dig deeper into the story

    Ask your child questions about the story you've just read. Say something like, "Why do you think Clifford did that?"

    Pick books that are at the right level

    Help your child pick books that are not too difficult. The aim is to give your child lots of successful reading experiences.

    Read it again and again

    Go ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time! As you read, pause and ask your child about what is going on in the book.

    Read it and experience it

    Connect what your child reads with what happens in life. If reading a book about animals, relate it to your last trip to the zoo.

    I read to you, you read to me

    Take turns reading aloud at bedtime. Kids enjoy this special time with their parents.

    Make books special

    Turn reading into something special. Take your kids to the library, help them get their own library card, read with them, and buy them books as gifts. Have a favorite place for books in your home or, even better, put books everywhere.

    Gently correct your young reader

    When your child makes a mistake, gently point out the letters he or she overlooked or read incorrectly. Many beginning readers will guess wildly at a word based on its first letter.

    Talk, talk, talk!

    Talk with your child every day about school and things going on around the house. Sprinkle some interesting words into the conversation, and build on words you've talked about in the past.

    Write, write, write!

    Ask your child to help you write out the grocery list, a thank you note to Grandma, or to keep a journal of special things that happen at home. When writing, encourage your child to use the letter and sound patterns he is learning at school.

     

    Most importantly, remember to read with your child every single day!