to help your child at home
- Encourage reading,
writing, listening, and speaking at home.
- Develop confidence and
self esteem by encouragement and sincere, earned praise.
- Surround your child with
relevant literature, books, magazines, comics etc.
- Use books from the school
and village libraries.
- Read aloud to your child
as often as possible.
- Read along with your
child pointing to the words as you read.
- Discuss their stories with
- Listen to their ideas and
answer their questions.
- Involve reading, writing and math in everyday activities such as...
shopping lists, newspaper, telephone books, street directories, food labels, using a 'note' system, pin up board, thank you notes, school lunch menus, television
- Have your child "picture read" a book.
Encourage them to make up a story to match the pictures. As they begin
to read words, your enthusiasm and interest in their stories will make a big
difference. When you listen to your
child read: make it a positive, stress-free experience,
gently encourage your child to use picture cues or the
other words in the sentence when he/she stumbles and then
tell the child the word before "stress" sets
in, ask your child to retell the story in his/her own
words and finally ask questions about the story when you
finish. Allow time for your child to ask you questions
too! Allow them to read that same story over and over. They
learn much more than you can imagine by rereading!
- Help your child with
projects and homework in an encouraging way: check
homework and praise projects and choices.
- Take your child to
interesting places and discuss the trip with them. Many
families keep journals of interesting events they have
shared. A journal of drawings with labels or a journal of words is a