As a parent of a teenager, I am forever looking and searching for ways to help him in school or articles on what parents should do with their students with regards to learning and school work. This page is dedicated to just that. There are resources for reading with your kids, helping them with writing, and some simple tip posters for how to help your child succeed. I hope you find them empowering.
These two documents are focused around reading environments at home, finding time to read, how to read to your child, listening to them read, as well as empowering them to become avid readers themselves. They give quick tips that will encourage you to know what to do, how to problem solve with children who may not like to read, and how to encourage those children who can't get enough books into their hands. I strongly encourage you to read through these documents and refer to them regularly as you venture through reading with your child.
The following document gives you specific questions you may ask your child or use as discussion points with your child during your reading time together. Thick or open ended questions are some of the best questions to ask children because it gives them the opportunity to become one with the story and begin to engage in some deeper level thinking. This document focuses both on fiction and non-fiction genre.
I sometimes find that reading trough article after article on helping students succeed in school can be overwhelming. When I came across this fact poster, I knew that I had to post it for you. It is a great reference guide for anyone in the home that may have the opportunity to engage in the learning adventure with your child.
- Summarizing Activity
- Comprehension Die
- Thick Questions for Engaging Your Reader into Deeper Level Conversations
- Fun Reading Response Wheel
- Fact and Opinion Game
- Cause and Effect Game and Activity
The above list of document links are all based around reading and writing. When you enter into the intermediate levels of school, I like to refer to reading as the act of learning something. During the school years of K-2nd grade you are learning to read, but from 3rd on you are reading to learn. Therefore, we focused strongly on the ten comprehension strategies that help us to gather, retain and apply new information. I hope you find the above list of games and activities helpful and fun for you and your family. They are great for nights when your child does not have home learning, for those date nights when you want something more for your kids than watching tv with the babysitter, etc.
When working with your child on writing, whether it be for an assignment or a free writing of their choice, it is important to encourage them to look at their piece. One of the hardest things for developing author's is to extend their thinking and engage the reader by using language that draws them in deeper. This poster is a great reference for them and it gives them a guideline to follow if they struggle to know where to start or how to formulate deeper sentences.
Often times parents struggle with finding engaging literature to share with their children. Have you ever gotten a scholastic book order and just not known what to buy if anything. Well, I hope that this document finds good use in your home. It is an annotated bibliography of some of the greatest books out there. It is also separated into grade bands- preschool to 3rd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6th to 8th grade. Yes, our students are only in the fourth grade, but that does not mean that they would not be interested in a classic picture book, or be ready to challenge themselves with a middle level novel. I would love emails of your favorite books that you share as a family as well.