10 Tips to Promote Literacy at Home

As parents, we often hear that we must read at home with our children. If we read to them, they become better readers, writers and students. The “Raise Smart Kid” website claims that being read to raises a child’s IQ by over 6 points! The “Tween Us” blog points out some reasons why parents should read to older children such as teaching life lessons and sharing vocabulary. Lastly, “Best Books for Kids” points out that reading to kids is a great way to connect with your child. Do you read at home every day with your child? Now, here is a list of ten ways to support literacy at home.

  1. Read with your child for fifteen minutes before bed every night.
  2. Parents should read independently and in front of their child to model reading as relaxation.
  3. Pick a book two grade levels ahead of your child’s reading ability and read a chapter every night as a family.
  4. Help your child join a book club. Check for clubs at the library, online, or create your own.
  5. Parents can join their own book club. Model by talking about the book you are reading and sharing positive stories about the book club meeting.
  6. Make sure parents and children have library cards and use them! Don’t forget that many libraries have online lending catalogs so you can download books to your e-reader or computer.
  7. Read different types of writing as a family. Explore poetry, current events, history, recipe books, how-to books, biographies, and more.
  8. Talk about books with your children. Ask about what they are reading and share what you are reading. It doesn’t have to be fiction, you can talk about newspapers, magazines, work reports, or blogs.
  9. Ask grandparents and friends to ask your child about what they are reading and to share their favorite books with your child. Adults sometimes struggle about how to talk to children. Help them out by suggesting the topic of books!
  10. Use books as rewards. If a child accomplishes goals, reward them by reading a book with them, buying them a book, or taking a trip to the library.
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