Read with your child every day! Reading with your child is just as important now as it was when they were preschoolers. Let your child read out loud to you, and continue reading to them as well.
Set limits on television, computer and video game time. Along with setting aside daily reading time, determine how much time your children spend in front of the television, computer and gaming system.
Do as I do (and as I say)! If you want your children to become readers, let them see you reading, too. Children learn by example, and will get the message you value reading if they see you reading books, magazines, and newspapers.
Offer a range of reading material at home. Have a variety of reading choices for your children in your home, including picture books, chapter books, non-fiction, how-to books, magazines, word games, puzzles and comic books.
Get your child a library card A regular trip to the library is the most economical way to fill your child's world with books. Borrow some for your own reading as well.
Discuss what you read. Help your child explore new concepts and ways of seeing the world by talking about the pictures and ideas in the books they are reading.
Have a family game night. Spend an evening playing board games such as Scrabble Junior, Boggle Junior and Taboo Junior. These and other word games are a fun way to help your beginning reader.
Give books as present and treats. Consider books, comics, or a magazine subscription when it's time to buy a present.
Talk to your child's teacher. Staying in regular contact with your child's teacher will keep you informed of your child's reading progress, and give you the opportunity to ask for the teacher's input on helping your child's reading at home.
Encourage with praise Praise your child as they practise reading out loud. Let them know it is okay to make stumbles and mistakes as they go along.