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.