Building Reading Skills
reading skills are important for success in school . . . and
in life. Almost everything we do involves reading. The
best way to build good reading skills is to read often. You
can help your child build his or her reading skills by
making reading an important part of your day-to-day
activities at home. Be a reading role model and let your
child see you reading for fun. Set aside time to read
your child claim reading is boring? Prove that it’s not.
Look for books, magazine, even websites that focus on things
he or she likes.
also encourage reading by:
Writing notes to your child. Leave them in difference
places around the house.
Asking your child to read to you. It can be anything –
the headlines in the morning paper, the back of the
cereal box, the recipe you’re making for dinner.
Limiting TV time. Studies show that children who spend
more than 10 hours per week watching TV don’t read as
well as kids whose families set limits with TV.
The Parent Institute Keys to Creative Writing
child will have creative writing assignment during school
years. Use these tips to get started with the next one:
Think of Ideas. Help you son or daughter dream up story
ideas by posing “what if” situations. For example,
“What if people could fly?” Or ask him or her to make
up stories about household items. Brainstorming will
stretch your child’s imagination.
Develop the Plot. Encourage your youngster to picture
his or her story. Have her close her eyes and imagine
the events. Then she can open her eyes and tell you the
tale. She’ll have a clear idea of what to write if she
organizes her ideas first.
Write it Down.
Suggest that your child answer
“who,” what,” “where,” “when,” “why” and “how” in her
assignment. Try providing a thesaurus so she can find
more words. Check out
When she has finished, have her read her story to you.
This will help her catch any mistakes and give you a
chance to praise her work!
Use these tips to motivate your child do his or her
your child he or she can decide when to tackle homework
within a set time frame – like between 4 p.m. and
dinner. This puts him or her in charge and will
motivate her to begin.
Shake up the routine by taking your child out to do
homework. Try the library or a coffee shop. This will
make the task seem more like fun.
your child does his or her homework, sit nearby to read
or do paperwork. Homework time will feel special when
it’s shared with you.