Tips for Parents

Read Aloud to Your Child

Spending just 15 minutes a day reading aloud to your child, lays the foundation for literacy.

  1. Entertaining
  2. Cuddle" time with your child
  3. Be a reading role model
  4. Building knowledge of the world
  5. Building vocabulary
  6. Informing
  7. Inspiring
  8. Understanding
  9. Promoting oral language development

Jim Trelease and Reading Aloud

Tips on Learning New Words:

  • Repeat: Practice reading the words many times, talk about the words, and use the words.
  • Create a picture: This helps you remember the best so... draw a picture to go with the new word if possible.
  • Talk: Discussing the new word together helps the child understand the meaning.
  • Encourage Word association: Learning new words is easier if you can associate the new words with something you already know and therefore focus on the meaning. For example, it is much easier to learn the word illustration if you already know what an illustrator is.
  • Learn a few new words at a time and learn over time rather than cramming in a day or two.


Fluency is reading accurately, smoothly, expressively with good phrasing, and with good comprehension. A fluent reader reads as he/she speaks.

How to improve fluency:

  1. Read poetry together.
  2. Have your child reread the same passage (or book)two or three times. Practice greatly helps.
  3. Have your child echo you as you read by repeating the same line or phrase that the adult just read aloud.
  4. Learn to read sight words quickly which greatly contributes to fluency. Sight words make up 75% of words read!
  5. Record it on a device so your child can hear themselves reading.