Spring is just around the corner and that means students will be out for spring break soon. The last thing any of the kids want to think about is doing homework, but it is so important that kids keep reading during their time off. Kids need to be exposed to and learn between 3,000-4,000 words a year to help them understand grade level material. Teachers do a great job incorporating vocabulary in their daily lessons in all subject areas. They consistently have those vocabulary-rich conversations in the classroom to help expose your child to a variety of words.
So what can you do at home to help your child keep up? There are plenty of ways to make reading fun:
- Go to the library and check out a variety of things to read; kids magazines, nonfiction and fiction books, newspapers from years past, journals about an interesting topic.
- Have kids read joke books, the cereal box, poems, a grocery list, a play and song lyrics.
- Read while wearing silly glasses using funny voices (robot, queen/king, mouse, giant).
- If your child is not reading yet, practice saying the letter sounds of the alphabet.
- Put basic sight words on notecards and post them around the house. Label everything.
- Read to them and be their biggest supporter. Encourage them. Praise them.
The key here is to find things that interest your child and have fun while reading.
The staff at Rex encourages your child to read over the weekends and holiday breaks. Our goal for your child is to instill a life-long love of reading and learning.
If you have any questions about Literacy First please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, myself or check out the official website: