Parent Practices

Motivating Children to Read

The importance of Reading at Home

Did you know that by reading with your child for 20 minutes a day will expose them to nearly 1,800,000 words? That is 3,600 minutes of reading for the school year in addition to reading in school.
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Encouraging Reading at Home

  • Establish a routine schedule for reading with your child
  • Read to your child and allow them to read to you
  • Compliment their reading
  • Provide access to a library of books that are relevant to your child (library, school, or websites)

How to promote learning and reading at home

  • Ask your child questions that spark their curiosity
  • Use formal language around your children to spur conversations about word meanings that enrich student vocabulary
  • Communicate with teachers and support classroom learning at home
  • Children should catch their parents reading and writing in response to their reading
  • Provide enjoyable experiences that allow children to read such as using a recipe to bake, using instruction manuals to build, or conducting research about an exciting topic

reading for enjoyment

  • Help children select books that they can fluently read
  • Allow children to reread and listen to their favorite books over and over again
  • Allow children to act out what they are reading or create a new ending
  • Utilize technology as a resource for positive reading experiences

Reading Apps