Family Involvement

* Read, Read, Read (Books, Stories, Poetry, Letters, etc.)

* Don’t stop reading aloud to your child once he/she is able to read independently. Children love to be read to, and they still need exposure to print and stories that are beyond their independent reading level.

* Allow your child to read in real life situations—the grocery list, text messages, etc.

* Model reading with expression.

* Encourage your student to read with expression.

* Watch TV with the closed captioning on (so they can see/read the print as the voice says the words).

* Participate in Reader’s Theatre Plays (plays that use voices, not acting).

* Read with books on tape allowing your child to follow along.

* Allow your child to read to a stuffed animal or a pet.

* Allow your child to choose the book he/she wants to read.

* Choose books that are on your child’s reading ability level. Use the 5-Finger Rule—hold up a finger for every word he/she misses on a page. If you reach 5 before turning the page, the book is too hard.

* Ask questions for reading comprehension (who, what, when, where, why).

* Watch a commercial or a segment of a television show or movie, then turn off the television and ask your child what it was about.

* Read a page and then have your child read the same page back to you.

* Read a page and then have your child read the next page.

* Make reading a priority in your home.

* Make reading fun!

* Use sticker charts and reward your child for the time he/she spends reading.

* Remember that your child’s teachers are here to help. We are your PARTNERS in education!