Parents Iman Solomon and Terri James Solomon suggest you:

  • Encourage young children to hold and look through books
  • Ask questions and discuss books when reading aloud
  • Start reading to children from birth
  • When reading aloud, try changing voices for different characters
  • Choose books that reflect your child's interests
  • Don't overlook nonfiction books, especially for boys
  • Enable children to make books
  • Maintain regular contact with teachers
  • Approach teachers as partners
  • Create opportunities to show appreciation to teachers
  • Recognize teachers have children's best interest at heart
  • Become familiar with educational benchmarks and talk with teachers about your child's progress


Like Adam Schwartz and Michele McDonald-Schwartz:

  • Attend school meetings
  • Remember, a book can't be too easy
  • Introduce a wide variety of books
  • Use reading strategies that support your child's learning style
  • Read aloud books that are above your child's reading level
  • Occasionally check your child's comprehension
  • Help uneasy readers by starting with simple versions of books, then advance to the next level, or introduce the story as a movie to see and hear before reading
  • If your child needs help writing, ask questions – Who? What? Where? – get rough ideas onto paper together, then revise
  • Enable children to verbalize their ideas before writing
  • Remember, learning to write and having fun go together


Laurie Joy Haas, Executive Producer of Words that Cook!™ and co-author of Read it Aloud! A parent's guide to sharing books with young children, and Honey the Cookie-Bookie Bear suggest that you:

  • Encourage children to write with writing boxes
  • Don’t tell children when or how to use their writing boxes
  • Over time, add exciting new items: stencils, chalk and rulers
  • Choose personalized gifts like favorite stamps and stickers ... even books about art
  • Add only safe, age-appropriate writing tools


Literacy Consultant Dr. Miriam Marecek suggests you:

  • Consider observing your child in the classroom
  • Talk to the teacher about any literacy concerns
  • If you meet with the principal, include the teacher
  • Help teachers understand children's emotions
  • Let children know you and the teacher talk to each other
  • Read a favorite book to your child's class
  • Share special occasions with your child at school


Dad Craig Ross recommends you:

  • Remember, fantasy play is storytelling
  • Consider testing to understand your child's needs
  • Become aware of your child's learning style
  • Be proactive in supporting your child's education
  • Learn the language from testing in order to communicate
  • Meet with teachers at the start of each school year
  • Continue to meet face-to-face on complex issues
  • Be involved in your school system and local politics


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