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      The road to becoming a reader begins early in a child’s life and continues for many years. Parents can help their children along this road in many ways.  The tips below are only a few examples.

      • Find opportunities for your child to spell and write
        • Encourage your child to write often --for example, letters and thank-you notes to relatives and friends, simple stories, e-mails, and items for the grocery list.
        • Help your child learn the correct spellings of words.
      • Find opportunities to help your child develop vocabulary, knowledge of the world, and comprehension.
        • Talk about new words that your child has read or heard. Ask her to make up sentences with the new words or use the words in other situations.
        • Help your child use the dictionary or thesaurus to check on the meanings of new words she reads or hears.
        • Help your child become aware of prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Point them out in books you are reading together or in print materials around the house. Ask her to think of other words related to the words you are discussing.

      Please use the Building Readers Newletters link in the left toolbar and the links below for more ideas and information:

      ~National Institute for LiteracyBig Ideas in Beginning Reading focuses on the five BIG IDEAS of early literacy:

      For information about DIBELS Next go to https://dibels.org/next.html

      Florida Center for Reading Research Information for Parents: http://www.fcrr.org/Curriculum/curriculumForParents.shtm

      AJUSD Parent Resource Center is a great way to connect to the programs we are using in our classrooms!  
      Accelerated Reader Bookfinder will help you create a list of books that are appropriate for your child.

      Try these strategies to help your reader improve her reading during the summer and beyond.

      Learning Benefits

      Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.

      Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve her reading during the summer and beyond:

      1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also check our book lists for recommendations.
      2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of everyopportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:
        • Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather.
        • Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Web site — then cook it together for more reading practice.
        • Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have him rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help him be more fluent — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.
      3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.

      It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!