Reading at home every day is so important and the best way to help your child this year will be to encourage reading for 20 minutes each night. Students can read independently, read to a parent, or share the reading with a parent/older sibling. Also, finding a regular time and place for daily reading will help make it happen…I know because I’ve experienced that in my own house!  So what daily reading looks like in the Kendall household is we play a game (right now the favorite is Alphabet (and sound) Bingo) at the kitchen table, then we move to the rug to read books we’ve checked out from the library, and then it’s off to brush teeth and get in bed.  Feel free to do this or whatever other way works for your family 🙂

*Source: U.S. Dept. of Education, America Reads Challenge. (1999) “Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Reader.” Washington, D.C. **Disclaimer: reading alone cannot guarantee a certain test score although it is more likely.  This graphic is to demonstrate what a difference reading makes because it exposes children to more words, ideas, etc. which can correlate to higher test scores.

Another way to encourage daily reading is when you sit with your child and show interest in what your child is reading.  Your time together really becomes a big motivator! Showing interest in what your child is reading includes you sitting with your child, looking at the book together, and asking questions to get them talking about their books. For nonfiction books, ask your child what they learned or found interesting about [the topic (polar bears, lions, etc….whatever the topic may be)].  For fiction, ask questions about the characters, setting, and events in the book. (A few examples: Why did the [main character] act the way they did? What was the setting of the story?  Did the setting change?  What was the most important event in the story?  Why was that event important?).

Happy reading!  If you need suggestions of book titles, what level book your child should be reading, etc. just let me know 🙂

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