Reading Parent Support
Supporting readers at home, adults can:
- Read aloud daily to your child. Your child might be ready for you to read a chapter book aloud, a chapter or two each night. Children also enjoy wordless picture books, picture books, nonfiction, and joke books.
- Provide time each night for your child to read on his or her own.
- Help your child find “just right” books at his/her reading level.
- Ask your child to make predictions as you read a story and to retell the story you read together.
- Encourage your child to make meaning while they read. (Does it sound right? Does it look right? Does it make sense?)
- Continue reading aloud to your child. This type of shared reading opens the door for conversation about reading and life.
- Provide time for your child to read on a regular basis. Research shows a direct correlation between how much a student reads during the day and reading achievement and success in school.
- Provide a quiet place for reading as well as for homework.
- Help your child find “just right” books. Keep up with new children's books by talking to teachers, friends, librarians, and bookstore staff.
- Encourage your child to try new genres and types of books.
- Look up the meaning of an interesting word together. Talk about the interesting words you find as you read.
- Point out what your child does well as a reader and celebrate successes.
Adolescent/Young Adult Readers:
- Help your child make time for reading and set goals as a reader.
- Ask your child for their opinions about what they are reading and/or about the author. Offer your opinions about what you are reading.
- Acknowledge your teen’s mature interests and recommend appropriate adult books.
- Read the same books that your child is assigned for school and/or books they chose for independent reading.
- Discuss the books your child is reading including concepts, symbols, well-written passages, and the author's craft.
- Engage in rich conversations with your child about political or social issues, books, magazines, editorials, documentaries, and television programs.
- Subscribe to journals, magazines, or online news sources.