Saturday, September 11, 2010

Evening Routine

This before bed routine allows you to:
• Spend less time in the morning nagging your child to get ready for school!
• Have less stress in your life!

Here’s all you do:
1. Before your child goes to bed have her:

a. Make her lunch and put it in her lunchbox, in the fridge.

b. Check her agenda to remind her of what she needs for the next day.

c. Pack her backpack with her “Take Home” folder, library book, sneakers for P.E. (gym) or anything else she needs.

d. Check the weather and choose an appropriate outfit to wear. Lay out the clothing—including everything she will need to wear for the day.

e. Shower/bathe if she won’t have time in the morning.

f. Read for 20 minutes. (have then put the book in their backpack if they need it for school the next day)

Having your child be in charge of this routine is a great way to help them become responsible!

Let me know how this works for you and your child. Do you have any hints for others?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kids Who Read Succeed!

Helping Your Child Succeed as a Reader

Reading is involved in most aspects of learning in school. The better reader your child is the better she will do in school. Reading, like anything else takes practice.

Help your child be a better reader by providing:

1. A book (libraries are great places to borrow books for free!), a pencil, and some sticky notes (like Post-It Notes ®)

2. A comfy, well lit seat in an area free of distractions

3. A timer—children need to be reading a minimum of 20 minutes each night to maintain their reading skills. They need to read MORE than 20 minutes to improve their reading skills!

Sit with your child and:

1. “Buddy Read” with her—this is where you read a page and she reads a page (out loud)

2. “Shoulder Read” with her—this is where you sit near her (or shoulder to shoulder) and read something of your choosing while she reads her book

Be sure to:

1. Ask about what’s going on in the story as she reads it:

• Who is the most important character?

• What are some other characters?

• What is the problem?

• How are they trying to solve it?

• Are they successful? Why/not?

• Make connections to other books/movies/personal experiences

• Where is the story taking place?

• What is the author trying to tell you?

2. Ask what picture she sees in her head (visualize)

3. Have her write down some notes if she is going to take a quiz/write a book report/discuss in class

4. Enjoy the story!

How do you get your child to read? Write a comment below.