K-2 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. Access to 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.
- Literacy Rich Homes and Families (PDF)
- 11 Examples of Cozy Reading Nooks for Kids
- How to Create a Literate Home
- Printable Books for Beginning Readers
- In Search of Free Books?
- Creating a Home Library (PDF)
- Make a Routine for Reading (PDF)
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 Inventory so that you can choose print information that will truly interest your student. Don’t forget that you can always visit your local library to borrow some exceptional books.
- K-2 Reading Interest Inventory (PDF)
- Fun Newspaper Activities for Families (PDF)
- Types of Reading Materials for K-5 Students (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 a successful reader! Reading aloud benefits students of all ages, even your high schoolers. How you read aloud will depend on how old your child is.
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 through his K-12 education. Read the newspaper, the advertisements, 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, even though the text would be too difficult to read independently. Always ask questions after you read. Do you agree? Why is that important? What should we do about this information? Take a look at the resources below that may spark your imagination regarding reading aloud.
- Why Read Aloud to Children?
- How Can Something as Simple as Reading to a Child Be So Effective?
- Use a PEER When You Read Aloud
- Print Awareness During Read Alouds
- Picture This: Help Your Child Learn to Read Between the Lines
- Parent Tip Sheet (PDF)
Reading with your child at appropriate times is equally important. Perhaps you can read a word, sentence or paragraph, and he can re-read it. Or you can take turns reading sections of a story, always modeling good inflection and honoring pauses at punctuation marks. An all-time favorite strategy includes reading those stories that have repeated refrains: “Trip trap trip trap, who’s that crossing over my bridge?” Check out these resources to learn more.
- Poetry, Please
- Picture This! Using Mental Imagery While Reading
- Tips to Support Shared Reading (PDF)
Obviously, we want children to read all by themselves and for as long as possible. It is important to read books and stories that are on their independent reading level, and check with the teacher if you aren’t sure what that is. Reading without stumbling or pausing is a good sign that the book is on their level. Allow lots of time to read and don’t jump in too quickly to supply an unknown word. There are many tricks and tips that help develop independent reading skills.
- Boost Your Child’s Reading Confidence
- How to Discuss a Book with Your Child
- Building Reading Stamina (PDF)
- Finding the Right Book for Your Child (PDF)
- Conversation Cards (PDF)
What Can We Read?
Read everything! We want to read library books, textbooks, articles and passages that come from school. But 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, 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.
- Environmental Print
- Environmental Print Bingo
- 15 Reading Materials That Aren’t Books
- K-2 Newspaper Activities (PDF)
- Kid-Friendly Recipes
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)
- Everyday Reading Opportunities
- 25 Activities for Reading and Writing 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. 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 Read 20 Minutes at Home Infographic Poster (PDF)
- Practice Makes Perfect, Especially in Reading
- Reading Goal Chart (PDF)
- How to Get 20 Minutes (PDF)
- Fun Ways to Read (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.