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Help Your Child Be a Reading Superstar

The start of the new year is a great time to reinvigorate your efforts to help in your child’s reading development. From January through the end of the school year, diligently practice the simple tips found below at home. These efforts will help your young student become a reading superstar.

  • Make up silly rhymes when you are alone with your child. For example, “Since we don’t have a car, we can’t go very far. But your face has a glow, from playing in the snow.” Rhyming books can also be borrowed from local libraries for various grade levels. Rhyming prepares your child for learning letter sounds and for decoding words. The more your child can hear and understand the nature of rhymes, the easier she will find reading.
  • Help him with his reading homework by showing enthusiastic interest in every assignment. Ask him questions about his homework and praise him when can discuss why his class was given this assignment. Ask if there are any “new words” that are causing him concern. Explain the definition of the new words, and if necessary, look them up in a paper or internet dictionary.
  • Read to your child every night. Read her books on subjects she has a genuine interest in. Ask her to read parts of these book to you. Ask leading questions such as, “What do you think is going to happen next?” Or, “How do you like this book so far?” “Why do you feel that way?”
  • Start a “Word Collection Journal” of difficult words and their (brief) definitions from both homework assignments and nighttime reading. Review these words on a regular basis, until your child is very familiar with them.


A midyear meeting with your child’s teacher will let you know your child’s current reading level. If your child is falling behind her classmates, the teacher will offer specific suggestions for additional reading help. If she is ahead of her classmates, the teacher can suggest some exciting and age-appropriate books to challenge her.


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