Monthly Reading Suggestions
September:With younger children, look at picture books and tell stories.Read books, magazines & newspapers. Use books on tape (may be found at the library). After reading a book with your child- talk about it. Choose books of interest and then relax and enjoy the magic of reading!
October:Your child should have an abundant supply of reading material to choose from. Ideas: town and school libraries, bookstores and yard sales. Bedtime is a perfect time to have quiet reading time; if your child does not want to oral read then read to him/her - you’ll serve as a role model. Help your child read and/or research an area of interest. Ex. a certain breed of dog, learn how to set up an aquarium, learn how to cook!
November:Encourage your child’s attempts at reading. There will be a lot of trials and errors, stumbling and falling, as they learn to read. Please keep in mind that children learn at different rates. Through games, children are exposed to print and activities that help them in reading. Look for games and puzzles that require letter & sound recognition, memory skills, reading of words, phrases, and sentences. Make a game out of retelling a story or T.V. show. Talk about the beginning, middle, and ending of the story!
December:Books and bookstore gift certificates make wonderful holiday gifts. Hopefully in the last few months you and your child have set up a routine time and place for reading each day!!Reading stimulates the imagination by allowing children to “picture” in their minds what the character looks like, the setting, and the actions. TV does not usually allow for imagination. Ask your child to draw a picture of how he/she “sees” a character and/or the setting. Read books by the same author and compare characters and settings! Talk about the meaning of new words and ideas introduced in books. Help your child think of examples of new concepts.
January: Reading should be fun! If you or your child is tired, it may be better to relax and continue reading later. Don’t force it. Books on tape can be helpful to relieve the stress of oral reading; sit back, snuggle & listen for the pure joy of it! Know that you are important to your child & the school. Know your child’s interests. Know what interesting places are in your community and share them with your child. Visit your local library. Watch for story hours, book fairs, & other sponsored activities. When your child gets a library card -make it a special event! Ask for help when choosing titles
February:Children are great imitators. They learn much about reading by imitating others. Model fluent reading ~ Use different expressions and voices. Model writing ~ grocery lists, thank-you notes, birthday and holiday lists, etc. Model good listening skills. When it comes to reading & learning ~ we need to NEVER quit. It is not always easy. Sometimes our best intentions get lost and we become discouraged. Reading is developmental.Provide opportunities for your child to read many things- signs, menus, TV guide, magazines, cook books, etc.
March:Get comfortable ~ before reading, look at the cover, title, author’s name, do a “picture walk”. Who are the characters? Set a purpose for reading; ”Let’s find out__.” Make predictions; “I think Clifford will__.” Read to see if your prediction was accurate. Make new predictions! Quiet is a concept that we often forget! Turn off the radio & T.V. Read with your child or you can both read your own material then discuss what you’ve read. Even 10 minutes is special! Remind your child that as he/she reads, he/she should be asking, “Does this make sense?”
April:Reading should be fun. Set a goal for your child to try to read higher-level books. Challenge your child to try to read chapter books with you or independently.
May:Reading comes easily to some children, not to all. Try to see things from your child’s point of view and try to understandhow he/she feels. Understand that he/she needs you. An understanding parent can make the difference between success and failure. Vacations are a wonderful time for reading! Are you taking a trip this summer? Write to the Chamber of Commerce to get information to read. Keep a journal. Write in the sand; go to the library or bookstore. There is a strong link between reading and writing. Children learn to read and spell by writing and they learn how to write by reading. Write thank-you notes, grocery lists, calendar events, letters, messages, and journals! If a child lives with reading, he learns to value reading! Let your child “catch” you reading!ZENITH ~ the highest point reached in the heavens! Set your goals high! It will be.