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“Helping Your Child Learn”

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Parent tips from the Utah Education Association

Reading and Writing – Be a Reading Example
By Beverlee A. Simpson, M.Ed., National Board Certified Teacher, language arts teacher at East High School, Salt Lake City

Modeling a positive attitude toward reading will help your child become a better reader.

No matter what your child’s grade or reading level, reading together encourages a love for reading. Reading out loud helps students become more confident and provides good practice.

Take turns reading out loud with your child. If your child is just learning to read, this will help him/her hear smooth reading to imitate and give your child a relaxing break from reading. Older students also like to share what they are reading with an adult. Many parents take pleasure in re-reading books and enjoy the fun of rediscovering the classics with their teens. So take turns reading, or get two copies of the book and read together, then talk about what is going on in the story.

Encourage your child to connect the events in the books to your own family experiences, to other books or movies you are familiar with, and to what is happening in the world.

Strong reading skills are the basis for a successful academic career. Encourage your student to enjoy the reading process as a way to excel in school.