• 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.
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