Children love to be read to, so offer your help as a class reader or provide support to individual children that are struggling to read.
Use these tips to make reading fun for you and the students:
- Try to read the book yourself before you go into the class.
- Take it slow. Don’t try to rush it. Enjoy it so that they may enjoy it too!
- Change your voice or tone while reading dialogues by the different characters in the story.
- Use props, if appropriate and available. This is a very good trick to keep those young kids attentive.
- After you read the story, ask open-ended questions so as to instill comprehension skills in the children.
Speak with the teacher about what topics are being currently covered in the classroom and select a book accordingly. This will help tie it into what the children are already learning. Most of the teachers will let you select the book, so enjoy this freedom and choose wisely.
On this National Parent Involvement Day, I thought of undertaking a mission. I will be writing a tip-a-day about parent involvement. The aim is to help you stop wondering what to do and instead, just do it. It’s time for action.
I shared my very first tip on parent involvement a couple of days back. Though a small step to begin with, it can prove to be a huge leap in your involvement to make your child successful. From personal experience, my involvement with the PTA makes me feel happy and proud. Every time some in the school halls recognizes me and talks with me, my smile becomes broader and my mood becomes better!
The ultimate reward is seeing my daughter’s face light up when she sees me helping out in her school. That is all that matters.
There are roughly 150 days between Parent Involvement Day and Parent School Volunteer Week in April. So, the challenge is to share 150 tips to help you help your child succeed. My hope is that you will join me in this quest and share your experiences and tips.
Tip #2 is on it’s way.