Helping Your Child at Home Checklist
*Read aloud to your child. Research has proven that this the most important thing a parent can do to ensure a child's reading success.
*Have your child read to you.
*Do shared reading. You read a sentence. Your child reads a sentence.
*While in the car have your child read street signs and billboards.
*At the market have your child read product labels.
*Obtain a library card for your child and check out a book.
*Encourage your child to read the newspapers. Discuss articles together
*Measure objects and rooms in the house together.
*Subscribe to child-oriented magazines. Read them together.
*View television programs together. Discuss them afterwards.
*Create flash cards for your child's particular needs-alphabet recognition, vocabulary words, numbers, math facts, states and capitals, etc. Use cards in a variety of game activities.
*Have your child follow a recipe, measure ingredients and prepare the recipe.
*Begin a story and have your child finish it.
*Using magazines, go on a phonics picture-hunt looking for pictures that begin with specific letters.
*Go on a color, shape, or number walk. Your child points out things of a particular color or shape, or counts items such as trees, houses or mailboxes.
*Have your child figure change from the grocery or department store.
*Encourage your child to write stories on a typewriter or computer.
*Play games on the refrigerator with magnetic letters and numbers.
*Write notes to your child. Place them around the house, on the bed, door, on the mirror, in a lunchbox.
*Have your child write letters and thank you notes to friends and relatives.