What the research says:
- Reading ability and feelings toward reading are related.
- Forcing children to read yields poor results.
Tips to send home for parents to encourage reading:
- Be Role Models- Read often with children and on your own.
- Book Allowances- You can use the library or purchase new books for your children.
- Assure Kids That Reading Has a Purpose- Reading is not a chore.
- Read Aloud- Family reading nights are great!
- Create a family newsletter, web site, and/or blog- Kids love to use technology. Technology requires a great deal of reading.
Tips for teachers to encourage reading:
- Encourage Student Pen Pal Exchanges.
- Reading Scavenger Hunt- When students read in a competitive setting, you would be surprised how fast they retain information.
- Read & Share- Have students share their thoughts with the class.
- Class Newspaper- This allow students to further explore their interests.
- Class Web Site- Have students manage an updated record of what is going on in your class. If anyone is absent, it really helps.
- Organize a Book Exchange:
- Week 1: Students bring in as many used books as they would like. They receive 1 credit for each book they bring in.
- Week 2: For every credit the students have they can take one book from the exchange.