• Reading Tips for Parents & Guardians

    Now that your First Grader is starting to read, you need to reinforce the love of reading at home! Please read some of these tips and try some out. 

    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 letter/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.
    • Scholastic Book Orders are a great way to buy affordable books.
    • Library books come home every week! 

    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.
    • Have F U N with reading! Challenge them!

    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.
    • Check out the Common Core Standards listed under Helpful Printables for Parents!

    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. 
    • Echo eachother- You read, they repeat and reverse!
    • 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. They think these notes are so special! 

    Take your new reader to the library.

    • Pick up a library card and make a big deal about it. Let your child know how important and special books can be.