Parent Tips: Helping your Middle School Student Be Successful in Reading:
1. Let your child choose what to read. Choice is important at this age. If your child enjoys what he/she is reading, more reading will happen!
2. Talk about what your child reads. This strategy alone is one of the most important things you can do to help your child become a better reader. Discussion helps your child become an active reader.
3. Subscribe to magazines that will interest your child. Your child will have reading material to look forward to; everyone likes to get mail!
4. Read the newspaper together. This is a chance for your child to read about current events, that might be written at a higher reading level. You’ll be there to assist with unknown words and explain key ideas.
5. Be flexible with bedtime and chores when your child is reading. Once in a while, it is okay to stray from a routine if your child is caught up in what he/she is reading. Try not to stop reading enjoyment.
6. Play board games that utilize reading. Games like Scrabble, Boggle, and Words with Friends are great for practicing reading. Your child will be having so much fun with the game, it won’t seem like school work.
7. Go to the library together. Join your child on a trip to the library and choose books together. Your child will see, from you, that reading is valued.
8. Ensure that your child has a good reading space. A comfortable chair, enough light, and an area free from noise are just a few things readers need to be able to focus on what they’re reading.
9. Suggest books made off of movies that your child enjoyed. Being able to compare and contrast a book with the movie made from it is a priceless reading skill your child can learn.
10. Model reading. Nothing says “reading is important” to a child than seeing his/her parent engage in the activity. Whether it’s a book, newspaper, recipe, or magazine, try to make sure your child sees you reading on a daily basis.