The Parent Connection newsletter provides parents with ideas and links to resources to help their children learn to read more fluently. This post contains Issue #5 in the series.
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Tips for Parents
Find an inspirational quote to inspire your child to become a better reader. This one by Dr. Seuss is great, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Print the quote out and frame it. Place the framed quote in a location close to where your child does his/her homework.
Here are printable versions of the Dr. Seuss quote. You can select one for a boy or a girl.
Free Online Resources
One way to greatly expand your child’s vocabulary is to teach prefixes and suffixes. This webpage contains links to online games where your child can have fun practicing.
Thinking out of the Box
Encourage your child to read cereal boxes. Many types of cereal boxes are designed to interest kids with games and trivia. After reading the fun stuff, ask questions like these:
•What are the top ingredients?
•How much does the box hold?
•How many calories are in a serving?
Activity to Try
Another parent idea is to read a graphic novel with your child. Graphic novels are similar to comic books because they use art to tell a story; however, there are some differences. Graphic novels are usually stand-alone stories with complex plots. They are great for reluctant readers because there is less text, and a series of illustrations helps tell the story. Many classics have been rewritten in this style, such as The Wizard of Oz and The Hardy Boys. You can also find more current titles written as graphic novels, such as Redwall, Artemis Fowl, The Baby-Sitters Club, and Coraline.
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Positive Feedback from Parents
This will make the fifth reading newsletter I’ve sent to parents. The feedback I’ve received has been extremely positive and encouraging. Here are some examples:
- You have given us ideas to try that I would have never thought about. While simple, these ideas are really working. Thank you for your time in creating these newsletters.
- I love receiving monthly newsletters. We look forward to trying something new each month.
- I can’t tell you how much you have changed my child. He loves to read now. Your idea about reading words to songs was a real hit. We even have a weekly family karaoke night. It is a blast!
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