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.
Before Doing Homework:
- 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
- cut off the TV, radio,etc.
- 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
- 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