• Helpful Reading Hints

    1. Provide a quiet atmosphere with no distractions.

    2. Turn off the television and radio.

    3. Let your child choose books he enjoys reading.

    4. Ask your child questions about a book to check for comprehension.

    5. Be a good role model. If you want your child to read, he should see you reading.

    6. Get a library card from The Blue Ridge Public Library.

    When Reading

    - allow your child to read at his/her own pace

    - fun activities (TV, video games, computer games ...) can be given AFTER school work has been completed - this can be their reward

    - use a ruler to stay focused on one line of reading

    - ask your child questions after reading to check for comprehension

    Before Doing Homework

    - cut off the TV, radio...

    - go to the restroom

    - get a drink of water

    ***doing these things will eliminate the need to stop during homework***

    - have all supplies needed for homework available on the table

    - do homework at a table

    - only homework materials should be on the table

    During Homework

    - sit with the child while he/she is doing the homework

    - conversation should be about the homework only

    - refrain from making comments in the middle of homework that are not associated with school assignments

    - do not answer the phone or make phone calls

    - all attention should be on the school work - if others in the house are not focused on homework, the child won't be either

    - complete homework at the same time each night - children need the structure of a routine schedule