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Why Read @ Home

Many parents and guardian ask, “What can I do to help my child at school?” One thing that continues to be of importance is independent reading. Throughout the school day, students must make connections to stories, identify vocabulary words within texts and in content subjects like social studies and science as they mature.  One way to help students who do struggle academically is to increase independent and parent-guided reading at home.

Reading to young children including pre-school children is something that many families had created as a positive daily routine. However, with the demands of necessary family schedules, homework and extra-curricular activities, reading for upper elementary students sometimes gets put on the “back burner.” Creating a time that works for your child and family for dedicated reading is KEY to increasing academic success. Parents and guardians can assist students by checking in with children and maintaining accountability. 

Each child at Woodrow Wilson School has at least one book he or she has selected from the school library each week to use for the Accelerated Reading program. In addition, students are encouraged to read other books and materials of their choosing.

By increasing the number of words your child reads daily, it directly impacts his or her ability to recognize words, difficult vocabulary and inferential concepts necessary for greater success at school.


Here are some ideas that parents/guardians can use to ask children about the book they are reading:

·         Ask, “What do you already know about this topic or what the characters are doing?”

·         Say, “Can you tell me about the setting of the story?”  Ask the child to visualize where it takes place and describe it to you.

·         Ask, “Is this book fiction or non-fiction?” If it is non-fiction, ask the child to teach you three new things that they have learned from the book.

·         While your child is reading, have them stop and tell me what this page is mostly about. You can also take turns reading parts of the story to each other.

·         After a chapter or page say, “Can you predict or guess what will happen next?” Check in to see if your child was correct. If not, discuss why they thought something else might happen.

·         Ask, “Why do you think the author may have written this story or text?”