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“Helping Your Child Learn”

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Parent tips from the Utah Education Association

Reading and Writing – Developing Readers
By Denise Ulrich, reading teacher at Crestview Elementary School, Salt Lake City, and literacy coach at Syracuse Elementary School, Syracuse

Did you know that the average vocabulary level used on prime time television shows is fourth grade? Exposing your students to quality literature, whether they read it independently or listen to it read aloud, does wonders for their vocabulary. Make story time a priority in your home.

Did you know that Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Alexander Graham Bell all had difficulty reading? If your student struggles in the early stages of reading, don't lose heart. These things can be overcome with persistence and the right tools. Talk with your student's teacher or school literacy specialist. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer that can make all the difference. And don't wait, detecting and solving problems is much easier now than later.

Did you know that success in reading and planning for retirement have a lot in common? Just as investing early in retirement has exponential benefits, so does early and frequent exposure to books. An investment in your students knowledge base by introducing them to good literature as often has possible will pay high dividends in their educational experience. Reading success brings overall greater success in any subject area. If you want the most bang for your buck, turn off the TV and pull out a book. It will be 30 minutes you will never regret spending.

Did you know that your child's love for the computer can be a benefit to their reading skills? In a technologically based society it is easy to find ways to motivate your students to read and write. Blogs, informational Web sites, e-mail and a variety of other tools can help your student use their passion for technology as a vehicle for reading success. Watchful and careful parents can help students discover a wealth of quality literature under the clever disguise of a computer screen.