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April 25, 2014

Today a reader - tomorrow a leader

If there’s one message educators could personally pass on to each and every parent it would be, help your child read and help them understand what they read. In the book “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut” (Dr. Seuss) we hear, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

While Rush County Schools is instrumental in helping students become good readers, parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. It’s impossible to overestimate the tremendous impact parents have on their child’s reading success. Throughout the first years of school, teachers are helping your child develop reading skills that will enable him or her to become a proficient reader. But make no mistake, learning to read takes practice, practice and more practice–much more than a child can get during a school day. So at home, the following tips will go a long way in helping your child become a better reader.

• Lay a strong foundation for reading success at home - if it’s important to you - it will be important to them.

• More reading time and less TV/game time - easier said than done, but the payoff is huge.

• Read aloud and think aloud - when you talk about it, the book becomes real for the reader.

• Keep it interesting and relevant - if the book is truly boring, you wouldn’t want to read it either.

Another important person in the life of your child are the people who volunteer to help with reading skills.

“These folks make such a difference in the life of a student. Often times kids that won’t read by themselves, will read with someone,” RES East third grade teacher Cathy Schneider said.

While one-on-one assistance is part of any teachers day, being able to give that kind of individualized assistance is enhanced even more when volunteers step up to give the gift of time.

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