Making Reading & Writing Fun (Info for Parents)

Room 8 is a part of a whole school Accelerated Literacy Learning (ALL) program that will running until mid Term 3. That means that for 15 weeks we will have a big focus on engaging kids and improving their writing.

A notice has recently gone home about this programme with a questionnaire on it for you to fill out and return to me. Many thanks to the families who have already returned this questionnaire! It is very useful getting this feedback from you.

One thing I have noticed already is that many parents are looking for ways that they can help their child improve their reading and writing at home. Here are some ideas, but do feel free to make an appointment or drop in and and see me if you would like to talk further!

  • Model a love of reading and writing: Talk about books enthusiastically with them and read and write in front of them.
  • Don't overdo it:  Your child spends the best learning hours of their day at school and many of the Room 8 kids have after school activities that they go to as well. Forcing a tired child to read and write will make them feel like reading and writing is drudgery. Make reading and writing fun so that they want to do it!

Reading ideas:
  • Look at their reader together and then act out the story
  • Find as many words as you can that start with 's' or 'ch' etc. 
  • Find rhyming words in the story and see if you can come up with any new ones
  • Draw a new book cover for the book
  • Read a story in funny voices
  • Do some research about topics within their book- for example, if the story is about a worm house, look up any questions your child might have about worms on Google.
  • Read according to their interests. If you go to the library and they only want to get out books about biking or books by Dr Zeus, no worries- that is reading!
  • Read to them

Writing ideas:
  • Have paper and coloured pens available for them to use at home. A piece of paper in their favourite colour is likely to be a great incentive.
  • When they write, don't worry too much about spelling. Practise spelling words separately.
  • Give them real reasons to write such as writing shopping lists, letters, instructions, a card, a note for their brother/sister, an invitation, an email.
  • Celebrate their writing! Make time for them to share it with you and others and give them lots of praise.
For more ideas and information, see this website: http://www.minedu.govt.nz/Parents/YourChild/ProgressAndAchievement/NationalStandards/Introduction/SupportingYourChildsLearning.aspx 

Room 8

Room 8 is a Year 1 and 2 class at Hampden Street School in Nelson, New Zealand.

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