Chapter 3: For Parents

In the library…

As your child grows older he/she is expected to read more and take on more responsibility so he/she is allowed to borrow more items. Each student is expected to bring his/her library items back each week for return or renewal. Students do not need to wait for their library day to exchange their books, they can visit the library before or after school or during the day, with the teacher’s permission.

We are here to help your child find books that interest him/her and match his/her reading level. Research shows that reading at or slightly above reading level will improve a child’s reading level. Please take the time to look at what books your child has chosen to check out, both print and electronically. When your child checks out an electronic book (e-book) from our collection, it does not get approved by the librarian or teacher. As with all electronic devices, please closely monitor what your child is reading and viewing online.

At home…

Parents often wonder, “What can I do to help my child become a better reader?” The answer is simply, “Read with them!”

Research states that “reading aloud is the single most important thing” we can do to help our children because children who read just 15 minutes a day see more than a million words in a year. Often these are words that they will not hear on TV or in conversation, however will show up again – in school! By reading they will also learn skills they will need to understand challenging books and articles.

Here are some tips for reading with your child:

  1. Make it a habit! Set a special time and place to read together.
  2. Read books both you and your child will enjoy, but there’s no rule that says you have to finish every book you start. If you don’t like what you are reading, find another book. We can help!
  3. Be goofy! Have some fun reading with different voices or making some sound effects.Try acting out some parts. Try taking turns reading dialogue, paragraphs or pages.
  4. Pause to discuss the illustrations, characters, plot twists or interesting facts as you read. Answer questions and ask some of your own. Sharing ideas and opinions gets your child involved in the book and motivates him/her to read more.
  5. Help your child be an active reader by allowing him/her to read, turn the page or point to words.
  6. DON’T STOP just because your child starts to read on his/her own; continue to challenge him/her by reading more difficult books together. Even older children enjoy spending time close to you, talking and listening, and you will appreciate the discussions that arise from reading more advanced books.