Sunday, October 17, 2010

Reading related tips

Some questions to ask yourself:

Do you have several different types of reading materials, be it a newspaper, magazines, brochures, different genres of books at home?

How many of you actually read in the presence of your child as his/her role model?

Do you read different genres or just a certain type of book, again given the fact that you are a role model for your child?

How many of you actually enjoy reading aloud to your child even though your child is a little older?

Do you impose certain reading levels and books onto your child or do you let him/her pick whatever he/she wants to read (as long as it is appropriate)?

Do you make reading into a family habit/fun activity?

Does your child have a set of headphones that he/she can plug into a system for listening to a story or a textbook or any reading material?

Does your child visit the library and/or a book store on a regular basis just to browse if not anything else?

Do you talk to your child about what he/she is reading and discuss it every once in a while without being intrusive?

Do you browse through current children's authors to learn more about them?

Do you have a great deal of writing materials at home - pencils, paper, colors, computer or a keypad to type so that your child can write or draw about his/her reading?

Do you fondly talk about your childhood reading stories to your son/daughter?  Why you liked or didn't like reading and why you thought it was important without making it into a command?

Do you include high-level vocabulary words in the course of regular conversation?

Do you discourage your child from picking up a picture book instead of a chapter book? Think again. Picture books have a great deal to think about, great vocabulary as well as illustrations that help a child really think.

Happy reading!

The Rights of a Reader

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tips for Writing

The following article contains some really good tips for helping your child with writing.

NCTE Tips for Writing

In the classroom, several of the reluctant as well as ready writers really enjoy writing on the class blog. It may be a good idea to create a blog for your child and have him/her write on there anytime he/she feels like writing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010