Be a Reading Family

September 17, 2015

Did you know that children read more when their parents are readers, too? Consider these ways to get your family excited about reading together.

Collect frequent-reader “miles”
A trip around the world covers almost 25,000 miles. Let one book = 2,500 miles, and have a race to see who will be the first to read her way “around the world.” Bonus: Your youngster will practice math skills, too, as she tallies her miles.

Become super-sleuths
Encourage your child to draw conclusions by reading short mysteries aloud. Try a book like Five-Minute Mini-Mysteries (Stan Smith), or read online at Before revealing the solution, let each person make a prediction and tell what clues tipped her off.

Crank up some karaoke
Help your youngster find song lyrics online, or use the liner notes from her favorite CDs. Then, put on music, and read the words as you sing along together.
Note: Your child will add words to her vocabulary by looking up unfamiliar ones in a dictionary.

Play reading games
Give your youngster practice at reading aloud accurately and with expression. You might hold a contest while reading from a book of tongue twisters. Or make up fill-in-the-blank stories (like Mad Libs), and try to read the results aloud without laughing!

For more great ways you can work together with your child for learning success, be sure to check out this month’s Reading Connection Newsletters for grades K-2 and grades 3-5.


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