• Reading and Writing Strategies
    for Parents to Help With
    Parents, there are many different things you can do with your child to assist them in their reading and writing abilities.  Below are a few suggestions that can be used - no matter what the age of the child!
    * SET AN EXAMPLE.  Remember the old saying "Monkey see, monkey do?"  It's true.  What your child sees you doing and enjoying will prove to them that reading can be for enjoyment and doesn't need to be painful.
    * READ WITH YOUR CHILD.  Even if it's just the newspaper.  Share the reading back and forth, discuss the information contained in it and let your child know your thoughts on the subject.
    * ENCOURAGE READING Set aside uninterrupted time for your child to read.  Find a comfy chair, a blanket, and let them read.  Buy your son or daughter a book light and allow them to stay up 20 minutes later than usual if they use the extra time for reading. 
    *MAKE IT FUN!  Yes, for the FUN of it!  Comic books, crossword puzzles, word searches, games like Scrabble, Mad Gab, Taboo, Balderdash, Boggle and others all provide inexpensive, priceless enjoyment that aid in the development of vocabulary, fluency, and reading skills.
    *HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE.  Don't hesitate to buy a magazine, comic book, or book for a birthday present, Christmas present or for no reason at all.  Does your child own a Library Card????  Your public library is a free resources that we sometimes forget about.  Especially now with the economy the way it is and everyone 'penny-pinching,' the availability of your reading materials need not be in jeopardy
    *TALK.  Talk about what they already know about a subject and assist them in building background knowledge.  Help them make connections to their own life.... "Sounds like a time when...."  "I remember a movie like that ...."
    *WRITE.  Find opportunities to write with your child - thank you notes, dictate grocery lists, phone messages, diary entries, lunch box notes....
    *MONITOR.  Pay attention to their school work, applaud their efforts, find out what reading materials are popular and encourage them to read.