“Next to hugging your child, reading aloud is probably the longest lasting experiences that you can put into your child’s life. You will savor it long after they have grown up. Reading aloud is important for all the reasons that talking to children is important – to inspire them, to guide them, to educate them, to bond with them and to communicate your feelings, hopes and fears. You are giving children a piece of your mind and a piece of your time.”by Jim Trelease
How can I help my child at home?
(Here are 20 suggestions)
1. Read books with appealing pictures that match your child’s age and interests. Answer questions and talk about the story and pictures. Reading together should be fun!
2. Encourage risk taking as children learn to read and memorize their first books. Have your child chime in on repeated lines or a chorus.
3. Check out books on tape or CD from the library. Listen to them at bedtime or in the car.
4. Dads, be sure to read to children, too!
5. Write notes to your child (in his or her lunchbox, on the bed, on the mirror, or under the pillow) using simple words.
6. Read different things aloud in addition to stories (such as recipes, letters, and directions).
7. If English is not your first language, be sure to keep reading, writing and talking together in your native language. This will help with your child’s vocabulary and understanding of concepts.
8. As you read together, ask your child to predict what might happen next or talk about how the book relates to your child’s life.
9. After you have finished a story, talk about the events and characters.
10. Point out ways to figure out words in addition to sounding it out (such as looking at the picture, breaking the word into smaller words, reading on, or thinking about what would make sense).
11. Read and compare several versions of a story (such as a fairy tale or folk tale).
12. Subscribe to a magazine or check magazines out form the library.
13. Encourage your child to practice reading aloud to siblings, relatives, or senior citizens.
14. Encourage your child to try new genres of reading (poetry, fantasy, historical fiction, and nonfiction).
15. When your child asks questions, seek answers together in books, encyclopedias, the newspaper, or on the Internet.
16. Read book reviews in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. Look for the books in the library or bookstore. Give books as gifts.
17. Talk about interesting words you find as you read. Look up the meanings together in the dictionary or online.
18. Read the newspaper and magazines and discuss the articles together. Talk about the multiple perspectives and issues in the news.
19. Collect books by a favorite author.
20. Even if you don’t have time to read together, read the books your child reads and then talk about the books together.