How Families Can Get Involved

You are your child's first teacher, and we know you want to help them succeed. Below are some activities that you can do at home to help your child become a better reader:

  • Read aloud for 20 minutes or more with your child every day – even if the book isn’t in English but is instead in your native language. For younger and more active children, shorter sessions multiple times a day may help keep them engaged.
  • Schedule a regular time and place to read together.
  • Be creative when you read out loud. Use different settings for different stories, bring props, or change your voices to match the characters.
  • Ask your child questions about the story you are reading, and keep the conversation going. Talk about the pictures, ask about the definitions for more difficult words, or have your child guess what may happen next in the plot.
  • Have fun while you read, and re-read favorite books.
  • Involve the whole family. Encourage grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and cousins to also read out loud.
  • Show how you can read in the world around you. Point out signs, newspapers, maps, or even other people who are reading.
  • Visit a public library with your family and check out a few books – both for you and for your child.
  • Set a great example: turn off electronics and read something you enjoy, join a book club, or participate in ongoing education classes.
  • Unplug and set-aside time each day to turn off the electronics, read, and interact with your child.
  • As they get older, have your child read silently for 20 minutes each day.
  • Write a story together. Ask your child to help develop the setting, characters, and plot.