• Read, Read, Read!!!

    Learning to read doesn’t just happen at school – it happens at home, too!

    You don’t have to be a teacher to help your child become a better reader.  Here are some simple things you can do to help:

    Before Reading
    • Preview the book.  Look at the pictures.  Skim through the book, looking at chapter titles and headings.  Talk about what you see.
    • Predict what you think will happen.  Get the brain thinking and ready to read!
    • Ask specific questions.  Give your child something to look for while they’re reading.  

    During Reading
    • Stop and talk about what you’ve read.
      • Ask questions like “What just happened here?”
      • Make connections to your own life like “I loved when the kids played baseball in the yard. It reminds me of when I used to play baseball growing up.”
      • Talk about your predictions.  Change them and/or make new ones.

    After Reading
    • Talk about the story.  “What was your favorite part?” “Did you like this book? Why?” “Did you like the way it ended or would you have written it differently?”
    • Respond to the story.  Draw a picture, act it out, or write what happens next.


    • Let your child choose what he/she wants to read – comics, magazines and newspapers count, too!  Go to the public library to check out books.
    • Read out loud to your child, and let him/her see you reading for fun as well.
    • Make reading meaningful – your child can help by reading directions to a game, a recipe, or looking up information on a place you are going to visit.
    • It’s ok to read the same thing over and over again.  In fact, it’s a great way to become a better reader!
    • Talk to your child frequently.  It improves their vocabulary and builds essential background knowledge.