Education Minute #3 - Elementary Reading

Let’s talk today about reading. Little kids love when we read to them. But sometimes it’s harder to keep them interested in books when they get older. To encourage elementary school students to read,

  • Turn books and reading into something special. Get their own library card, read with them, or buy them books as gifts.
  • Encourage reading multiple books by introducing your child to a book series or a favorite author.
  • Use a dictionary or dictionary app to look up and learn new words together.
  • Talk about everyday activities to build your child's background knowledge, which is crucial to listening and reading comprehension.
  • Encourage your child when writing. Remind him or her that writing involves several steps, and no one does it perfectly the first time.
  • Read different types of books to expose your child to different types of writing. Some kids, especially boys, prefer nonfiction books.
  • Use the time spent in the car for word play and conversations.