Raising a Reader
  • Tips for reading at home with your child:

    • Read Aloud - to children of all ages.  Continue to read aloud even when your child is able to read independently.  Reading aloud has many benefits, read for enjoyment, to access a book that is too challenging for your child to read independently, to expose your child to rich vocabulary, and to foster a love of 
    • Keep a variety of reading materials in your house (magazines, picture books, manuals, cookbooks, craft books, informational books, etc.).  Have books everywhere- on shelves, in stacks, in baskets.  Get a special bookcase for your child's bedroom and fill it to the brim.  
    • Have a family library night.  Choose a night weekly or every other week to visit the library.  Everyone in the family can check out reading material when you visit. Visit  Norwell Public Library or James Library (The James Library was my favorite library growing up.  It's cozy, has a great selection, and no library card is needed)
    • Make it fun, not a chore! (Refrain from saying, "Read for 20 minutes first and then you can ..." If your child is reluctant to read, try a read aloud, set aside time when the whole family finds a cozy spot to read, and be sure your child's books are a good match (of interest to them and pass the "Five Finger Rule"- open to any page, read the whole page, and hold up a finger when there is a word that is too hard to read or when you can read the word but do not know what it means.  If you get to 5 fingers, the book may be too challenging at this time). 
    • Carry a book (or books) everywhere you go.  If you find yourself waiting in line, waiting at the doctor's office, or in a department store dressing room waiting for a family member to try on clothes, you'll have something to read.  
    • Talk about what you are reading.  Children (and adults) love to discuss their reading interests and discoveries with others.
    • Encourage your child to get hooked on a series or find an author they love. 
    • Be a reading role model.  Be sure your child sees you read daily whether it be a novel, cookbook, newpaper, or a magazine. 


    Questions To Ask Your Child When Reading:

    (choose only one or two questions - a longer/deeper discussion about one or two questions is far better than battering your reader with a whole bunch of questions!!)

    How did this story make you feel?

    What did you notice?                                                            

    Does this book remind you of anything?                

    What have you been wondering as you read?  

    Does this book make you think of anything else you’ve read?

    What was your favorite part? Why?

    Was there a part of the book that surprised you? Why?

    Why do you think the author wrote this book?

    What do you plan to read next? 


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Raising a Reader