A Love of Reading and Writing

  • Ways to Help Your Children Develop a Love of Reading and Writing

    • Vary the types of reading students do:

    o “Just Right Reading” - books they can read independently (95-

    100% accuracy).

    o “On Your Own” or “Book Looking” – anything of interest.

    o Read Aloud – books they cannot read independently, and don’t

    forget to include nonfiction.

    • Read several books around one topic.

    • Read several books by one author.

    • Read several books in one genre (memoir, editorials, plays, fantasy,

    historical fiction, realistic fiction, feature articles, fairy tales).

    • Partner read the text.

    • Read aloud even if the child can read the text.

    • Read the same book and talk about it.

    • Limit video game and television time.

    • Make the reading environment pleasurable (cozy spot, special snack).

    • Encourage reading by allowing kids to read in their beds.

    • Encourage your child to read different types of text - books, newspaper

    articles, magazines, appropriate blogs and websites.

    • Read the same information as your children and talk about it.

    • Find time to write authentically (letters, emails, stories, lists).

    • Find ways to get their work “published” (book reviews online, contests,

    magazines, or letters to the newspaper).

    • Encourage your child to finish a piece of writing and give it as a gift.

    • Go to book signings and talk with authors.

    • Visit a favorite author’s webpage and read it together.

    • Share your writing with your kids and expect them to write regularly.

    • Connect books from school and home – let the books travel.

    • Get books to support their hobbies and interests.

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