THE CHALLENGE MIGHT BE ENDING, BUT READING SHOULDN'T STOP
Although Give Me Twenty Reading Challenge comes to an end, don’t forget that it is essential to continue reading aloud together! As a teacher (or parent), you know that supporting a child’s love for reading is one of the best things you can do for them. Yet, according to The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, an estimated 10 million children struggle with this “single most important skill” and of those 10 million with reading difficulties, 10% to 15% eventually drop out by the time they are in high school.
With a lot of time spent outside of the classroom, we know that parents play an even more important role in their child’s reading success. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education analysis found that “the children who were read to at least three times a week by a family member were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading compared to children who were read to less than 3 times a week.”
Be an example
Children learn by example. Let your child see you enjoy reading whether it be a book, newspaper, cookbook, etc. Share your passion for reading. If you’re passionate enough about something, that passion will spread to your children!
Set aside 20 minutes every day to read aloud to your child. Make it fun and exciting! Read with character voices to make it engaging. The more engaged they are, the more value children will place on books and reading.
Make library visits a priority
Give your child the opportunity to explore different books and help them pick out books that fit their reading level and match their interests.
Have LOTS of books at home
Keep plenty of reading material in your home, including books, magazines, comic books, and newspapers. Keep books by the bed, in the bathroom, and in the playroom.
Set aside a time and place
Pick a spot at home that’s comfortable, quiet and with good lighting. Encourage your child to read in that area by themselves, with friends or with you.
Listen to stories
Find stories that you can listen to online or check out some audio books from your library. Listen to the books together, in the car, or have it in the background during playtime.
Play reading games
Help you child find appropriate reading and word games online. Download and print fun crossword puzzles, word searches, riddles and do them together.
Search out fun and easy words around the house or wherever you go. Point out words at the grocery store, driving in the car or at home, have fun reading cereal boxes, street signs, pizza boxes, etc.
To help keep the love of reading going strong, we put together a few helpful tips you can send home to parents.
Teachers: Download this page as a printable to send home with your students.
Denton, Kristen and Gerry West, Children’s Reading and Mathematics Achievement in Kindergarten and First Grade (PDF file), U.S. Department of Education, NCES, Washington, DC, 2002.