6-8 Resources: If You Build It, They Will Read!
Building a Home Environment That Fosters a Love for Reading
To foster your child’s love of reading, it is important to make reading a part of your everyday routine. Accessing all types of print materials—magazines, books, newspapers—is a great way to do just that!
Spaces, Places and Supplies
Creating a home environment that encourages literacy and learning benefits your child in many ways.
- 21 Cozy Makeshift Reading Nooks
- How to Create a Bedroom Reading Nook
- Building a Home Library Inexpensively
- Creating a Home Library (PDF)
- 8 Ways to Fit Reading in your Busy Schedule
High Interest Reading Inventory
We will read about things we are interested in, right? So here is your opportunity to find out what really interests your child. Take a few minutes to fill out the Reading Interest Inventory so you can choose print information that will truly interest your student.
- Grades 6-8 Reading Interest Inventory (PDF)
- Fun Newspaper Activities for Families (PDF)
- Find Award Winning Books
Spice up Reading Time with Variety
The best way to develop accomplished readers is to READ. So make certain that you make reading a part of each day. Here are some wonderful links to help you take advantage of a wide variety of text types. Don’t forget that you can always visit your local library to borrow some exceptional books.
- Free Audio Books and Why you Should Try Them Books
- Time for Kids Online News Articles
- National Geographic Articles
- National Gallagher Article of the Week
- Top 25 Science Fiction Books
- Reader’s Theatre Editions
- Music and Writing Organizer (PDF)
Age-Appropriate Ideas for Reading Aloud to Your Child
Reading aloud to your child is the MOST important thing you can do for building successful readers! Reading aloud benefits students of all ages, even your high schoolers. How you read aloud will depend on how old your child is.
Reading TO and WITH Your Middle Schooler
Reading aloud to your child is vital. Do it every day! And make this a habit of the whole family. This is an activity that reaps many rewards for the early learner and continues throughout his K-12 education. Read the newspaper, the advertisement, the plumbing manual, a Facebook comment or your favorite section of a book you are reading. Reading aloud models good reading and allows children to develop comprehension skills. Don’t forget to always ask questions after you read. Do you agree? Why is that important? What should we do about this information? Take turns reading sections of a story, always modeling good inflection and honoring pauses at punctuation marks.
- 7 Reasons Why Reading Aloud to Older Kids is Still Very Important
- Study Find Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own
- Poetry, Please!
- Close Reading Strategy (PDF)
- Making Connections Bookmark (PDF)
- Ten (Plus Two) Tried-and-True Read Alouds for Middle Grades
- Popular Read Alouds Middle School Books
What Can We Read?
Read everything! We want to read library books, textbooks, articles and passages that come from school. Don’t forget to use your rich environment at home to dig into interesting reading material. Use cookbooks and how-to manuals, brochures and pamphlets, advertisements or online blogs that address a specific topic. There is no end to the many ways we use texts in our world so take advantage of these resources to encourage reading in the real world.
Reading Activities for Your Everyday Routines
These activities will help you encourage reading during your everyday routines. We use reading while we cook, shop and travel or indulge our favorite pastimes. So why not turn those activities into opportunities to READ? Here are some great activities to use in making reading a part of each day.
- Wake Up Reading the Cereal Box (PDF)
- If You See It, Read It (PDF)
- Everyday Reading Opportunities
- 10 Everyday Ways to Keep Your Child Reading While Having Fun
- 8 Ways to Fit Reading in Your Busy Schedule
- Reading on the Run (PDF)
Practice Makes Perfect
To become a better reader…read, read, read! It is suggested that if you build a daily routine of reading at home, at least 20 minutes per day, the result will be a strong reader. There are many interesting and exciting ways to make reading part of your everyday life.
20 Minutes Add Up!
Good readers are good readers because they read a lot. Take a look at the JT20 Book Chart and other resources to appreciate the impact of reading each day.
- JT20 Book Chart (PDF)
- Support Literacy Learning All Year Long (PDF)
- Why It Is Important to Involve Parents in Their Children’s Literacy Development
- Reading Goal Chart (PDF)
Choosing Appropriate Books
Need some help choosing appropriate books? Take a look at these resources for guidance in selecting books to borrow or to add to your at-home library. Remember that many books can be accessed online. Many libraries routinely give away gently used books.