Discover books on CD or tapes! With
our busy lives, often spent driving our children to their different
extra-curricular activities, some days it can be hard to find that quiet
time to read together. Books on CD are a great way to discover books
and authors together while you are confined to the car, driving between
activities and errands. The Library is a great resource for these. As
you listen, be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about the
characters, setting and plot and encourage your child (children) to
share theirs as well.
Make books special. Turn
reading into something special. Take your kids to the library, help
them get their own library card, read with them, and buy them books as
gifts. Have a favorite place for books in your home or, even better, put
Reading Nooks. Help your child
create a special place for reading! It may be a comfy spot in their
bedroom, perhaps a special chair or bean bag. During warmer weather it
may be on a porch, deck or patio. Or perhaps there is a quiet spot
somewhere else in the house that they can claim as their own private
Get them to read another one. Find ways to encourage your child to pick up another book. Introduce him or her to a series like The Boxcar Children or Harry Potter or to a second book by a favorite author, or ask the librarian for additional suggestions.
Crack open the dictionary. Let your child see you use a dictionary. Say, “Hmm, I’m not sure what that word means… I think I’ll look it up.”
Talk about what you see and do.
Talk about everyday activities to build your child’s background
knowledge, which is crucial to listening and reading comprehension. Keep
up a running patter, for example, while cooking together, visiting
somewhere new, or after watching a TV show.
First drafts are rough. Encourage your
child when writing. Remind him or her that writing involves several
steps. No one does it perfectly the first time.
Different strokes for different folks.
Read different types of books to expose your child to different types
of writing. Some kids, especially boys, prefer nonfiction books.
Teach your child some “mind tricks”.
Show your child how to summarize a story in a few sentences or how to
make predictions about what might happen next. Both strategies help a
child comprehend and remember.
“Are we there yet?”
Use the time spent in the car for wordplay. Talk about how jam means
something you put on toast as well as cars stuck in traffic. How many
other homonyms can your child think of? When kids are highly familiar
with the meaning of a word, they have less difficulty reading it.