Teaching all children to read requires that every child receive excellent reading instruction and that children who are struggling with reading receive additional instruction from professionals specifically prepared to teach them.
The reading specialist supports, supplements and extends classroom teaching, and works collaboratively to implement a quality reading program that meets the needs of students.
How can you help at home?
- set a routine to read together every day
- model for your child by reading yourself
- turn off the television whenever possible
- ask open ended questions about books, ex. "how do you think that character is feeling?" "why do you think that?"
- model for your child what you're thinking when you read by verbalizing your thoughts out loud
- be sure your child gets enough sleep and eats a good breakfast before taking on a day of learning
- Students need to apply what they have learned in real reading experiences. It is not enough just to learn about decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. (Keep your child reading.)
- Build a reading community at home. Share your love of reading. (It's never too late to develop a love of reading.)
- Sneak Read - finding precious minutes here and there for reading is an acquired skill and worth the time invested!
- Praise - be careful how you use it! Praise is connected to how students view their intelligence. Does your child have a fixed mind-set or a growth mind-set? Praise their effort and determination to meet a challenge, not their intelligence. For more information on the mindset of effective students see Reading Resources.