Reading is an essential life skill that can assist a young person in their quest for lifelong learning. Parents play a vital role in nurturing the love of reading in their children. Here are some tips for non-professionals who are providing support in the home front:
1. Read with Children – Reading with children every day is enjoyable and contributes to them becoming successful readers themselves. Reading with children helps them understand the purposes of reading and encourages the love of language.
2. Teach the alphabet – Children who know the alphabet are more likely to become fluent readers.
3. Choose the right books – When choosing books, consider those you will read to your children, the books you will read with your children and the books that are read by children. Choose the books that show the world of children to them and those that expand their world.
4. Provide time for re-reading – hearing a favorite book read and reading a book to oneself over and over again are both very powerful learning experiences. Beginner readers match sounds to squiggles (letters) with repeated readings. More able readers can pay attention to the meaning of the text.
5. Tell and write stories with children – For some children, it is through writing their own stories that they begin to understand reading. It is through figuring out how to write words, that they begin to understand how to read them. By listening to children, we affirm them. Allow for errors.
6. Word games, chants and songs – Word families and rhyming have shown to be powerful methods of improving word reading ability. These are ways of teaching letter or sound patterns.
7. Reading as a lifestyle – Encourage children to develop an interest in reading as a life long enjoyment.
A child can be assisted with homework, first, by providing a quiet, well lit environment for him/her to study. Parental encouragement and support is helpful, as well as being available for questions. However, every student must do their own work in order to learn the materials properly.
Students are encouraged to be serious about their education. Assigned homework must be completed and handed in to the teacher by the requested deadline. When homework is too difficult, seek assistance from the teacher or teacher’s aide. Tutoring can also be arranged. Reading with either a parent/guardian, or alone, when older, on a daily basis is a must.
Guidelines for Homework
Kindergarten 15 minutes
Primary 30 minutes
Intermediate 1 hour
Parents/guardians should read to their children daily.
These times include reading for pleasure.