Literacy in Action with Lori Oczkus

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Motivating Kids to Read

Motivating Kids to Read

But what can you do to motivate your children to read more regularly?

As a parent, you know that reading is important, and you probably feel frustrated if your child doesn't like to read. Many forces in children's lives pull them away from reading — television, video games, and after-school activities — but finding time for reading and writing activities into your child's day may not be as difficult as it seems. Try the following:

  • Learn more about your child's interests.
  • Sometimes good movies are a starting point for pleasure reading
  • Sometimes travel sparks reading
  • Keeps books and other reading materials at home.
  • Read books with your children! Children of any age can appreciate being read to.
  • Be a good role mode. Let your children see you reading.

Adapted from Reading is Fundamental

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

10 Ways to Help Your Child Do Better on Tests

  1. Review the subject matter together for upcoming tests
  2. Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest before every test.
  3. Serve you child a light, healthy breakfast on test day. 
  4.  Have you child dress comfortably and arrive on school on time.
  5. Send your child off to school with words of praise and support
  6. Suggest that your child do something to relax before the test begins.
  7. Tell your child to follow directions carefully, and ask questions if something is not clear.
  8. Advise your child to do the easiest parts of the test first, then the rest.
  9. Remind your child to check over answers before turning in the test.
  10. Encourage wanting to do well, but stress that one test won’t measure all your child can do.
Positive Promotions

8 Ways to Become a Great Reader

1.       Read every day.
2.      Read out loud with someone else.
3.      Read about things that you like.
4.      Take a book with you wherever you go.
5.      Read everything you can like:  maps, menus, signs, newspapers, and magazines.
6.      Talk about what you’ve read.
7.      Keep a log of what you’ve read.
8.      Be proud of your reading accomplishments.