It’s clear that when families are engaged in education, everyone wins—schools, families and students!
Creating daily family reading experiences helps your children to develop their vocabulary exponentially over time, boosts their academic performance overall and increases their likelihood of meeting college-and career-readiness benchmarks. These experiences also open their minds and hearts to others and guide them as they attempt to forge a place for themselves in the world.
Here are a few tips to get your child to love reading:
- Encourage reading in your home: Create a special place in your home where you can read together, and set a good example by reading in front of your child.
- Spend 30 minutes each day reading together: While reading with your child, ask them to explain what’s happening in the scene or what they think will happen next.
- Sign your child up for a library card: A library card is free and allows your child access to countless books. Most libraries also host events, such as story times, that you can attend together.
- Consider purchasing an e-reader: People who have e-readers read eight more books per year, on average, than those who don’t.
- Help your child write their own stories: Encourage your child to write stories based on their own lives or on their favorite characters from books, movies or TV shows.
- Start a PTA Family Reading Experience Event at your child’s school: Host a themed event with activities that get kids excited about reading together. Learn more at PTA.org/FamilyReading.
Download these fun activities to reinforce the domains of reading with your children.
- Consonant Toss Grades K-2: Toss tokens on a game board to practice saying words with consonants and deepen students’ understanding about phonics or the relationship between sounds and letters so that they may better decode and read words.
- On Safari Game Grades K-2: Reinforce reading skills at home using this daily reading activity game board.
- Definition Expedition Grades K-5: Learn how technology, such as an e-reader, can help to improve vocabulary.
- Picture the Character Grades K-5: Demonstrate comprehension by drawing and labeling a picture of your favorite character from a book.
- Punctuation Toss Grades K-5: Toss tokens onto a punctuation game board to practice fluency, or the ability to read text quickly, accurately and with proper expression.