How many days a week should my child be reading?
Every school day for at least 20 minutes for a total of 100 minutes a week.
If you know that your child will be unable to read one day, have them read 40
minutes (or more) on a different day. The more you read, the better learner you become.
What should I do if my child is absent?
Make sure that you notify the office, and ask for any work that
was given that day to be sent home. Also, upon your child's
return, make sure that they get any missed notes from a trusted
friend. (you can also check this site for anything missed)
What should my child be reading?
Every child should be reading any book that is on their level
(students know how to figure that out...for additional help, just
ask). My goal is for my students to enjoy reading, so as long as
it is on their level and they like it, that is great!
Is my child too old to be read aloud to?
This is a commonly held misconception. Yes, your child is now a
second-grader, and should be able to read on an independent
basis, however, taking some time to read aloud with your child is
beneficial. In this scenario, you are modeling good reading, your
child has a chance to practice his/her fluency and expression,
plus it is a great way to spend some quality time together and
help instill the love of reading in your child. I will spend some
time each day, modeling good reading as well.
What should I do if my child does not want to read?
There are numerous reasons why this could be the case, and
numerous strategies to try in order to motivate your child.
Different strategies work for different students. If this
question pertains to you, please contact me to discuss tools
which can be tailored to your childs individual needs.
How can I make sure that my child is doing their homework?
Homework is very important because it helps reinforce the skills
taught in the classroom. The best way to make sure homework is
being done is to first set up a routine at home. Find a good
place for your child to do their homework and make sure they go
to that spot to work on a regular basis. It is a good idea to
look at your child's agenda book to make sure they are writing
down their homework and then completing each assignment. Most
importantly, keep in mind that it's their homework, not yours!
If they need some assistance, then by all means, help out...but
please let them try it on their own first. They will get more
out of the assignment if they do it on their own. (but feel free to check!)