While the Goodrich Way is normally a time to showcase what our students are doing in our classrooms, I wanted to use this time to address a question frequently asked by parents – “How can I help my child become a better reader?” Here are my suggestions, many of which I have used with my own children when they were younger.
- Be a role model. Let your kids see that you enjoy reading different types of texts. Talk about what you are reading, whether it’s a newspaper article, a cookbook or a James Patterson story. (You don’t have to tell them every detail!)
- Read to your child/ with your child. - While reading, point at the words.
- Ask them tell you a story.- Have them tell about something that happened or ask them to make up a story. Write it for them and then read it aloud to them. Let them reread it to you.
- Listen to your kids read. - If your child isn’t reading fluently, ask them to re-read it or read it aloud so he/she can hear you.
- Ask your child questions before, during and after reading - Who? What? When? How? Why? questions allow your child to think about what they are reading or have read. This not only increases comprehension but also lends way to spending quality time with your child.
- Find a fun reading spot. – When my kids were younger, we had a Reader’s Café on the patio. I’d have my coffee and they had lemonade & snacks. We’d just sit and read.
- Expose your child to different types of reading materials. – Comic strips, graphic novels and audio books count! I use an app called Hoopla, https://www.hoopladigital.com/, which allows you to borrow audiobooks & ebooks, from your local library. All you need to do is download the app and enter your library card number. It's AWESOME!!
Below are links to more grade-specific tips.