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10 Tips for Parents

Here are 10 ways to support learning at home.

  1. Make reading a fun adventure by reading aloud to your child each evening.
  2. Ask and answer questions about the books you read together. Take turns asking and answering such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how. Help your child find evidence in the text that supports the answers.
  3. Choice is a powerful motivator. Let your child choose a book that inspires him or her. Suggest topics or books that you think will be of special interest.
  4. Nonfiction books, in particular, feed young, curious minds. They also help kids develop knowledge and vocabulary.
  5. Make connections between words, ideas and events. Look for the rich connections in nonfiction and literary texts—big ideas and details, causes and effects, and steps in a process. For example, ask your child to explain the different stages an animal goes through as it grows up.
  6. Help your child learn the “smart words” to know. Use clues on the page or look in a book’s glossary to reinforce key vocabulary.
  7. Pictures can say as much as words. Spend extra time looking at photos, illustrations, diagrams and maps. Often, the picture helps explain the words, or it gives extra information that enriches the text.
  8. Read about it. Write about it. Ask your child to describe in words what he or she sees in a picture.
  9. Talk about books with your child—and make the conversations count.
  10. Nonfiction doesn’t just live between the covers of a book. Take your child to a zoo, gaze at the stars at night, or study a bug. Have fun!

For more on how to bring nonfiction into your child’s daily live, visit scholastic.com/discovermore.