Coronavirus Resources for Schools

Parent's Guide to Reading and Writing

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HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL BY READING AND WRITING AT HOME PARENT'S GUIDE 1 2 3 4 Read with your child every day. Create a habit of reading by reading aloud to your child, or listening to your child read out loud, on a daily basis. If you have multiple children, encourage your children to read aloud to each other. ➢ Don't stop reading aloud once your child can read on their own. Instead, move on to more difficult books. ➢ Use audiobooks or podcasts. Listening to audiobooks throughout the day (for example, during car rides) can provide more opportunities for children to learn new words and ideas. It can also build "stamina," or the ability to pay attention without being distracted. (S Make reading fun! Ask questions about what your child reads. Reinforce what your child is learning in school. Children need reading and writing skills to succeed in school, but learning these skills does not stop in the classroom. Becoming a good reader and writer takes practice, and parents can help their children by providing opportunities for practice at home. Learning to read should be enjoyable, not a chore! You can make reading a pleasant experience for your child by: ➢ Creating a special reading spot or cozy reading nook in your home. ➢ Varying your reading selections. Provide your child with stories, comics, biographies, history books, or books on other topics your child is interested in. No child is too old for books with pictures — interesting visuals can make reading more engaging and enjoyable! Having conversations with your child about what they are reading can improve their comprehension and help to develop critical thinking and language skills. You can ask your child open-ended questions such as: ➢ What do you notice on this page? ➢ Why do you think this topic is important? ➢ What new things did you learn from this book? ➢ What do you think the character is going to do? ➢ Why did the character do what she did? ➢ If you were in this story, what would you have done? Non-Fiction Books Fiction Books Ask your child's teacher what they are learning in school and talk about ways to reinforce these skills at home. For young children, this may mean learning letter names and their associated sounds. For older children, this may mean discussing word meanings and practicing reading aloud for accuracy.

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