Listen to your child read.When your child brings home books from school, have them read them aloud. If the reading becomes choppy or doesn't make sense, have your child stop and reread it. You may want to read it to your child, then have them read it for themselves. Repeated oral reading makes better readers (Shanahan, 2015). During and after the reading, ask questions. Shanahan (2015) declared that discussing the reading improves reading comprehension skills. Have your child retell the events of a fiction story and tell a few facts from an informational text.
Facilitate a Love for Learning and Reading
- Promote writing in your household. Have pencils, crayons, and paper available in your home (Shanahan, 2015). Write short notes to your child and soon they will begin to write them back to you.
- Get caught reading. Set a time aside where you are reading for enjoyment or learning. Children will do what you model and read as well.
- Take advantage of technology. Children spend a lot of time on devices, so install an e-reader and add books that they love or might enjoy.
- Make books a part of life events. During special times of the year, birthdays, Christmas, or other holidays give books as gifts. Give gift cards so children can go and get books that they enjoy. Visit the library often.
- Involved in Children's Education
- Encourage Intrinsic Motivation
- Talk to Your Child (a lot)
Sharing Knowledge with Other Parents
Share the research. Whitby (2014) declared that learning cannot be limited to the classroom. Parent must take an interest in what their child is learning and take steps to encourage the learning. Share what works in your family. Parents generally want to do what's best for their child, but sometimes do not know what to do. Having another family share practical ways that they facilitate reading and learning, can aid them in seeking ways that work for their own family. Check on each other. Similar to weight loss or any other change in habit one wants to foster, having accountability keeps us on track. Don't pester, but casually ask about how their new plan is going. Offer support and be willing to share your own struggles.
Encourage Reading for Enjoyment
Some children enjoy rereading favorite stories even though it may be beneath their current reading level. Let them read for enjoyment, but also provide opportunities for growth.
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Read as a Family
Children enjoy spending time with their parents, so making reading a part of that time, makes reading a time children look on as enjoyable.
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Make Reading a Habit
Applegate and Applegate (2010) stated that engaged and motivated readers read more often, attain higher levels of achievement in reading, and perform better on standardized tests than their less enthusiastic counterparts.
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Ferlazzo, L. (2015). Creating the conditions for student motivation. Retrieved from www.edutopia.org
Shanahan, T. (2015). 11 ways parents can help their children read. Retrieved from www.edutopia.org
Whitby, T. (2014). Educating parents about education. Retrieved from www.edutopia.org
Originally Posted by Delora Idehenre @ https://www.smore.com/u9fkp-parents-matter