Essential Components of No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
- Phonemic awareness
- Vocabulary Development
Tonight at the dinner table, read something out loud to your family. Tomorrow night, let another member read something. A news story. A Bible verse. A Robert Frost poem. A cereal box panel. History. Humor. Anything.
Each night a different family member can read a selection. Imagine the wide range of subjects your family will read in 365 days. What a stimulating way to have your children develop good reading habits.
We have 23 million illiterate adults in America. We wouldn’t have one, if each of them had been served reading as part of their nightly diet. It’s non-fattening, but enriching. And it doesn’t cost a dime!
Read Aloud Tips
Click HERE for the online Home-School Activitiy Reading Kit. The activities are organized by reading and literacy skills appropriate to each grade.
- Read aloud EVERY DAY. Remember that your objective is to help your child want to read, so making it a part of the daily routine lets know it’s important. Reading several minutes every day is better than hour once a week. Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, says, “We’ve taught children how to read but forgotten to teach them to want to read.”
- Read aloud to all ages. Children are never too young or old for reading aloud. Choose appropriate selections when they are young, but don’t stop when they are learning to read on their own. Reading aloud with your growing child is one of the best ways to maintain a close relationship.
- Read the book first yourself. Some books are pretty to look at but have very little story. Or, it may be a great book for silent reading but not for reading aloud. Also, look for books that have illustrations with “child-appeal” and that extend the story. If you don’t like the book, don’t select it for reading aloud.
- Visit the library regularly. Children’s librarians are more than happy to recommend books and can share lists of good books and sources for finding good books. Guide your child’s selection but allow them to choose some on their own.
- Help your child start a home library. Encourage your child to select books she or he will enjoy reading over and over.