Home Reading

posted Dec 9, 2013, 12:53 PM by Kelda Logan   [ updated Dec 9, 2013, 1:34 PM ]
Often parents wonder what "homework" looks like in an elementary school setting.  They wonder what they can do to support their child's learning at school.  Research is clear that home reading is appropriate for the elementary grades.  This means spending 15 - 20 minutes a night reading with your child, no matter what grade they are in.  

It's important to:
  • Make reading each night part of your daily routine.
  • Keep it fun! 
  • Know that you do not need to be an expert!  Any time you encourage reading is helpful to your child.
How do I help my child figure out unknown words?
Encourage your child to....
  • Use picture clues
  • Sound it out
  • Look for little words inside the big word
  • Use context clues (what word would make sense in this sentence)?
  • Read past the unknown word and make a logical guess
  • Slow down
  • Reread the part that doesn’t make sense
  • Ask for help 

A few more suggestions:

  • Help your children select “just right” books using the “Five Finger Rule” (If your child comes across 5 words s/he does not know in the first 100 words of a text, it is beyond his/her level.)
  • Continue to read to and with your children, even as they get older – your modelling will inspire them to become stronger readers
  • Help your children read for an increasing amount of time or number of books
  • Encourage your children to select and read a variety of books, including fiction and non-fiction, and discuss how fiction and non-fiction are different
  • Talk with your children about what they read