Answers to the most frequently asked questions of reading experts.Q: How can I help my kindergartner learn how to read? I don't know how to help her.A: There are some simple things that you can do at home to support her learning at school. First and foremost, read aloud to her every night, without exception. Reading aloud is the perfect tool to promote the pleasure and enjoyment of reading and to offer her a good model (you) of what reading is all about.Second, play language games to help her become aware of the sounds of language. In order to learn to read, children must be [...]
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Sharing a book with your child?Ham it up!—By Jessica TomLaugh, cry, scream, whisper: reading doesn't have to be a silent activity. Transform the read-aloud experience by giving your child an impassioned one-person show that will stimulate his wonder for both the written and spoken word. Once upon a time . . . : Authors spend a lot of time crafting their opening lines. Give the words the weight they deserve by reading them with extra importance. Who will we meet? What will happen? Grab your child's attention with an authoritative voice. X said to Y, who immediately told Z: Read character names slowly [...]
Attend open-house events to learn about class goals and policies. Keep in touch through email, notes, phone calls, and conferences. Ask what level books your child should be reading, and know the titles she’s reading for class. Read teacher-recommended titles with your child at home to reinforce key skills and words. Get involved by joining a parent association or volunteer in the classroom. Taken from https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/school-involvement/partner-your-childs-grade-k-2-teacher.html
Why etiquette and politeness may breed good reading skills.Every time you encourage your child to say "please" or "thank you," you might also be giving his or her reading a boost. The Stanford University School of Education recently released a study linking social graces and reading success. While the results are speculative, I think we all agree that it is important to educate the whole child by addressing intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs.From her experience as a primary teacher, Francie Alexander, observed that children who were careful of the feelings of others also seemed to be more attentive and focused when it [...]