If You Are a Parent, You Are a Teacher!

April 2, 2001

If you are a parent then you are a teacher! One of the biggest challenges facing parents today is teaching their children to read. And helping your child become a successful reader involves many small steps taken long before entering a school.

Helping Your Child Become a Reader is part of a series aimed at helping families participate in their children’s learning. It updates Helping Your Child Learn to Read, published in 1993 and reprinted in 1997. This resource offers dozens of activities families may use to help young children (birth – 6 years old) learn to love reading.

Some of the activities inlclude learning the alphabet, playing with rhymes, “reading” picture books, acting out poems, predicting “what happens next” in stories, creating a bookcase, enjoying family stories, and writing notes & stories, plus many more. Please take a look at the referenced books for more information about this topic.

We have included 2 excerpts: Chatting with Children A Reading Checklist and resource lists from the 55-page booklet. Some of the other topics included are:

In addition:

Full text at http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Reader/title.html

Other booklets in the “Helping Your Child” series are at http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/hyc.html

“Helping Your Child Become a Reader” was written by Andrea DeBruin-Parecki with Kathryn Perkinson & Lance Ferderer. It was published by the Office of Educational Research & Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education (January 2000).