Reading with your child


Well mom and dad, can you believe it is almost the end of the year?  There is no shortage of activity for these last few weeks of school.  As you begin to think about what to do for those long days of summer and how to keep your child from being bored, think about spending time reading.  The following suggestions come from the Reading Rockets Website and they are ideas for younger children, but many of the ideas can apply to older students as well.

Read early and read often.

The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It’s never too early to begin reading to your child! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child.

Read together every day

Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close.

Give everything a name

Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, “Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?”

 Say how much you enjoy reading

Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Talk about “story time” as the favorite part of your day.

 Read with fun in your voice

Read to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices. Ham it up!

 Know when to stop

Put the book away for awhile if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention.

 Be interactive

Discuss what’s happening in the book, point out things on the page, and ask questions.

 Read it again and again

Go ahead and read your child’s favorite book for the 100th time!

 Talk about writing, too

Mention to your child how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.

 Point out print everywhere

Talk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.

 Get your child evaluated

Please be sure to see your child’s pediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about your child’s language development, hearing, or sight.

Reading with your child


Dear Parents,

 Welcome to the first Newport Christian School Principal’s blog!  My plan for this spot is to provide a place where we can communicate and share ideas about what is happening in the classroom.  I want to hear from you.  So let’s jump right in!

 To get us going, I thought I would talk about something that is as helpful as it is confusing- homework.  We get a lot of questions and comments about homework, we give too much, we give too little, why do we have to write so much, and how can parents help?  My goal here today is to provide you some practical things you can do to help your child with his or her homework.

1.              Schedule a time.  Scheduling a time to sit down with your child to help with homework is the single greatest thing you can do to help.  I know many of you work long hours and you may be exhausted when you get home and the last thing you want to do is sit down and tackle fractions!  But if you will do this every night homework is assigned, I promise you those fractions will get easier and more importantly those 15 minutes will help your child in more than just math.

2.              Provide guidance.  Many times you may get the idea that it would just be easier to do it yourself, and that may be true.  However, by doing it this way you take away a learning opportunity from your child.  Will they struggle at times? Yes.  But it is in that struggle that they find their true success.

3.              Be patient.  You may look at the language homework on Thursday and in your mind you think, “I just helped with this on Tuesday, what happened?”  It takes some time to get some concepts.  Knowing what to do and mastering what to do are two very different things.  Our goal is to teach concepts to mastery and help the students understand why they are doing what they are doing.

I know these things seem like simple things to do, but they are very powerful when applied on a consistent basis.

Do you have some advice, a comment or a suggestion of things you have done with your child that may be a help to other parents?