Reading Tips for Parents

Reading Tips for Parents

Providing reading support at home for your child is important in developing their life-long love of reading. Here are some “reading tips for parents” of what you can do at home to support your children’s need to read: Check for comprehension! – ask questions while you are reading a story with your child to make sure they understand what they are reading. Take a “picture

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Teaching Kids – Writing Poems

Teaching Kids - Writing Poems

After reading several poems, your child will probably be excited about writing a poem of their own.  It may seem overwhelming or hard, but writing poems can actually be an easy and rewarding experience. Choose a Poem Type There are several different types of poems that are simple for children to write when starting out. Rhyming Couplet – A rhyming couplet is a simple

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Using Context to Build Vocabulary | Reading Tips

A child’s vocabulary grows as they read more and more books.  However simply reading harder and harder books will not necessarily increase a child’s vocabulary.  Vocabulary involves understanding and being able to use a new word.  A child can read a word and not understand it at all.  Teaching a child to use the context the word is in can help them figure out

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Building Vocabulary by Reading

A child’s strong vocabulary can be a great help to him during both his time in school and his life in general.  In a nutshell, vocabulary indicates how many words a child can both understand and use.  Children build vocabulary naturally by hearing other people talk around him.  However, over time your child will need to add to his vocabulary in other ways as

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Literature Genres: Nonfiction Reading for Children

Parents and children alike often avoid choosing nonfiction books to read.  They are seen as boring and uninteresting.  But not all nonfiction books are boring!  The key is finding a subject that your child is interested in and reading books about that subject.  Does your child like to play outside?  Then find books about plants or animals.  Does your child like to use cars

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Why Nonfiction Reading is Important

I think I could safely say that most kids would choose a fiction book over a nonfiction book on any given day.  I can’t blame them.  After all, most of the books on my reading list are fiction.  However, we need to encourage our children to read nonfiction books as well for several reasons. Nonfiction Reading Prepares Children Junior high, high school, and college

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Studying an Author

Completing an author study is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the books your child is reading.  An author study involves reading several books by the same author and then learning about the author’s life as well.  It is a little more work than just letting your children read, but the benefits are worth the extra work. Choose an Author While their are

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Getting Back into Routine – Back to School Books

For many kids around the country, school break is coming to a close and school is just around the corner.  This is a time when it is important to begin winding down on staying up late and having summer fun and get back into the school-routine.  Starting this a few weeks before school starts will allow your children the time to adjust and be

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Keeping a Reading Log

One way that you can help your child grow as a reader is by setting up a reading log for him.  By using a reading log, your child can track his own progress as a reader which will then encourage him to keep reading. What is a Reading Log? A reading log is a journal of every book your child reads.  A reading log

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Practicing Oral Reading on Video

Many children love to see themselves in pictures and in videos.  They make silly faces and beg to see how the picture turned out.  They ham it up for the video camera and then want to watch the clip over and over again.  Why not use this desire as a way to practice oral reading? Most laptops or tablets these days come with a

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