Educators and many parents, alike, are well aware of the benefits of reading and writing. But sometimes parents get busy and it’s easy to lose track of their child’s reading progress.
10 ideas for parents to help along their children’s reading goals.
Let’s help get kids excited about reading. With some of these tips, parents will be able to increase their student’s readiness to participate in the classroom.
Educators are faced with the challenge of engaging students and keeping them focused on a reading program. It would be nice, in a perfect world, if children arrived to class anxiously anticipating their next page-turning opportunity. Well, that is sometimes not the case. That’s where parents can play a role in guiding their child’s reading and writing skills right at home.
We’ve brainstormed some ideas to not only make things easier on teachers, but perhaps also help parents in the process–everyone can benefit from these ideas. By giving your child reading and writing oriented activities that offer them fun rewards upon completion, you could, in turn, likely get some help with chores and tasks.
For example, have your child write part of the grocery list. I know, I know–sometimes you need to get shopping done and don’t have time to involve your kids. But the worst outcome is a fun writing assignment! Have them list 3 food items they’d like to have, describe them and explain why. Maybe assign two healthy items and one treat. The treat acting as incentive for completing the assignment.
If you’re too concerned about what the neighbors think, this one might not work. But don’t let others opinions get in the way of learning–who knows, it might encourage your neighbors to do the same activity, creating a wave of learning throughout your neighborhood. Post words with their definitions all over the house. Depending on your child’s reading level, accompany the denoted items, i.e., refrigerator, television, and ceiling fan, with not only the definition, but a history of who invented the household items, when and why. This activity could turn into a history lesson or practical lesson on appliances, heating and cooling and electricity.
Here are Ten Easy Ways parents can help prepare their kids for reading and writing in the classroom:
1. Place reading materials out in the open and read in front of your children.
2. Have a mystery novel night, reading and playing detective with your child to solve the case.
3. Set aside a time and place for your child to read on their own in a comfy, quiet place.
4. Place appropriate reading and word games on your computer or notebook and allow your child to use it. Keep a dictionary nearby and make a habit of looking up words. This helps not only your child but everyone seeking better communication skills.
5. Take your child to the public library where there’s all sorts of free media for them to discover. Librarians love to promote literacy.
6. Is your child in anticipation of a new movie coming out soon? Make a deal with them that if they read the book, you’ll take them to the movie. Then you can discuss the differences.
7. Encourage your children to keep in touch with friends that have moved away or family members out of state–they’ll be surprised how much they enjoy it once encouraged to do so. Their social life will thank them later.
8. Ask your child to draw pictures to accompany the story they’re reading.
9. Ask your children questions everyday, promoting the thought-process. It also gives you something to talk about. Ask them about what they’re reading, the characters–which character do they relate to the most and why? This can even help their child’s ethical development–what do they think about the actions of the characters, and what are the consequences?
10. Always share what you’re reading with your child, your thoughts about it, and encourage your child to do the same.
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