Resources 6. Encourage reading everywhere! Keep NDE Early Learning Guidelines books in the car, in students’ bags, to medi- http://www.education.ne.gov/ech/ELGuidelines/ELG.htm cal appointments, on camping trips and anywhere else your student may have time to NDE Come As You Are: Kindergarten http://www.education.ne.gov/ech/CAYA2008.pdf read. It’s always time for a good book! NDE First Connections with Families 7. Model good reading and writing habits http://www.education.ne.gov/ech/fcwf.html for your child by finding reading materials on topics you enjoy. Talk to them about the ways U.S. Department of Education that you communicate with friends and family http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html) and encourage your child to do the same. http://www2.ed.gov/espanol/parents/academic/hyc-esp.html Family Education.com 8. Make reading a family activity by taking http://school.familyeducation.com/reading-tips/parents-and- advantage of the services at your local library school/33582.html and participating in community reading festi- vals and other literacy events. National Education Association http://www.nea.org/grants/13841.htm 9. Remain a positive support for your National Institute for Literacy child and work collaboratively with school Helping your child http://www.nifl.gov personnel to help your student achieve their language and literacy goals. It is important to National PTO Website learn to read understand that reading difficulty isn’t always http://school.familyeducation.com/reading/family-learn- something that a student can overcome by ing/38301.html “trying harder.” Your child’s teacher will be Reading Assist Institute able to provide strategies tailored to your child’s needs. http://www.readingassist.org/about_us/who_we_are/ A Family Guide for Literacy Colorín Colorado! 10. Make reading fun! Reading time should http://www.colorincolorado.org/ never be a punishment or unpleasant. Help your child to find reading materials that ap- Provided by: peal to them, are engaging and that make Nebraska State Board of Education them want to read more. Find or create fun August 2010 spaces in your home where your child can Nebraska Department of Education read. Stretch a blanket between pieces of 301 Centennial Mall South furniture to create a private reading fort. Add Lincoln, NE 68509 a flashlight and you’ve created a private space Phone: 402-471-2295 Tips, Activities, and Resources to Help perfect for settling in with a book! www.education.ne.gov Your Child Become a Better Reader 9. A reading pocket. Slip fun things to read into Tips for Parents 15 Minute Reading Activities your pocket to bring home: a comic strip from the paper, a greeting card or even a fortune cookie from 1. Talk to your children…and then listen. Make the most of 15 minutes. Try these quick lunch. Create a special, shared moment your child Interactive conversations are one of the most reading activities with your younger child. can look forward to every day. powerful tools for language development— 1. License to read. On car trips, make it a game particularly in young children. With older chil- 10. A little longer? When your child asks to stay up dren, discussing news events, school activities to point out and read license plates, billboards and a little longer, say yes and make it a 15-minute family and what they are learning in the classroom interesting road signs. reading opportunity. helps to enrich understanding and helps you keep up with your student and their successes 2. Better than TV. Swap evening television for a Source: National Parent Teacher Association, edited. and struggles. good action story or a tale of adventure. 2. Create a language-rich environment 3. Look and listen. Too tired to read aloud? Listen where students have opportunities to read, to a book on tape and turn the book’s pages with write and speak. For example, allowing young your children. You’ll still be reading with them! children to help create a shopping list and then later help locate the items in the store 4. Labels, labels, labels. Label things in your provides real opportunities for students to children’s room as they learn to name them. Have fun practice reading and writing. while they learn that written words are connected to everyday things. 3. Read with your children. Even upper- elementary and middle school children may 5. Pack a snack, pack a book. Going someplace enjoy hearing you read to them or doing a where there might be a long wait? Bring along a paired reading of a book. Reading aloud to a snack and a bag of favorite books. child helps them to hear fluent language and provides an opportunity for you to model 6. Recipe for reading. The next time you cook with good reading. Rich discussion of themes, your children, read the recipe with them. Step-by-step events and other story elements enhances instructions, ingredients and measurements are all comprehension. part of words in print! 4. Help students find reading materials that 7. Shop and read. Notice and read signs and labels are of interest to them so they are engaged in the supermarket. Back home, putting away grocer- To learn more about what is expected of a good and encouraged to make reading a fun activity ies is another great time for reading labels. reader of your child’s age, please refer to the in their day. Nebraska academic content standards at: 8. Your long-distance lap. Away on a business http://www.education.ne.gov/read. 5. When giving gifts or asked for gift ideas for trip? Take a few books with you, call home and have your child, recommend books, magazine sub- your child curl up by the phone for a good night For more information or to access the companion scriptions or gift certificates to book stores to story. video please contact Tricia Parker at encourage literacy and learning. email@example.com or 402-471-4336.