As parents we play an important role in supporting their children’s reading and writing development through elementary and high school. If we support our children’s in-school literacy and implement home-literacy activities we can greatly improve our child’s education. If woven within each day, home-literacy activities need not take extra time, rather these activities become part of our family life.
- Reading aloud to children, before bed, at breakfast, while making cookies.
- Listening to children read aloud and reading along with them, while you are cooking, washing the dishes or folding laundry, they can read to you. Or sitting side by side on the couch, you read a page, they read a page.
- Making time for children to read books independently a priority. Never answer the phone while reading with your child. Let your child know reading time is precious to you. Let them see you enjoy your own pleasure reading.
- Providing books and other reading materials in the home. Take trips to book stores. Let them start a book collection of their own.
- Talking with children about books they’re reading, really listen to their opinions. Ask your child’s teacher how to talk to him about books they’re reading.
- Asking children what they’re learning at school.
- Providing the materials and opportunities for children to write at home
- Taking children to the library to check out books and multimedia materials
- Giving books and magazine subscriptions as gifts make sure family members know what kind of books they would like to get as gifts.
- Monitoring children as they complete homework assignments.
- Emphasizing the value of literacy and the importance of school success.
- Traveling Book Bag. Put together a bag of books that stay in the car, every once in a while exchange the books for new ones. For older children load with maps, brochures, charts and diagrams, magazines, even a driving manual.
- Family Book Clubs. Read and discuss books together, and sometimes invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, to join the book club. Parents and children choose a book that interests them (and is appropriate for the children’s age and reading level) that everyone will read and discuss.
- Online Reading and Writing. Parents and children can use computers together to search the Internet for information, read articles posted on websites, play literacy games, and use e-mail and instant messaging to stay in touch with relatives and friends.
- Family Journals. Children and their parents write back and forth in special family journals.
- Family Reading/Writing Nights. Parents and their children have one special evening of reading or writing together.
TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six. Open your child’s imagination. Open a book. ~Author Unknown