Parent's Role in Reading Literacy

Researcher Christina Clark states the following: Early reading experiences with their parents prepare children for the benefits of formal literacy instruction. Indeed, parental involvement in their child’s reading has been found to be the most important determinant of language and emergent literacy (Bus, van Ijzendoorn & Pellegrini, 1995). Furthermore, parents who introduce their babies to books give them a head start in school and an advantage over their peers throughout primary school (Wade & Moore, 2000). Although parental involvement has the greatest effect in the early years, its importance to children’s educational and literacy outcomes continues into the teenage and even adult years (Desforges & Abouchaar, 2003). For example, Feinstein and Symons (1999) found that parental interest in their child’s education was the single greatest predictor of achievement at age 16.

Reading Comprehension: Tips and Strategies for Parents

 ways parents can help their children with reading

1. Be a Role Model- Young readers become interested in reading at an early read. When parents read to their children often, they too pick up the habit of reading, even if they are simply looking at the pictures guessing.

2. Fun Reading Activities- Think of fun activities that require students to read. For example, allow your child to help you cook by reading the recipe.

3. Reading Time- Make reading apart of your  child's daily schedule. Even 10-30 minutes per day is a great start.

4. Sibling Reading- Have your child read to their younger sibling. This is a great way for them to model reading and practice leadership.

5. Motivation- Simply motivating your child to read can go a long way. 

Library Cards

It is important for families to get a library card. Families can check out books, DVDs, get homework help, and more. Families should check with the local library for more information on how to obtain a library card and their benefits.