Tami Steele

College Wood Elementary

Carmel Clay Schools

12415 Shelborne Rd (Map It!)

Carmel, IN 46032

(317) 733-6430 ext. 2003

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Parent's Role

 Why is your role as a parent so important?

  • As a parent, YOU are your child's first teacher.  From the time your child says his/her first word, they are starting to develop their vocabulary, which is an essential component of literacy. "Parent involvement is the number one predictor of early literacy success and future academic achievement" (Burton,2013). www.edutopia.org/blog/parent-involvement-in-early-literacy-erika-burton
  •  First grade is an extremely important year in terms of literacy growth.  Your child will need to practice reading and writing skills at home AND school on a daily basis in order to be successful.
  •  Repetition and exposures to a range of reading material are vital.


What can you do to help your child?

  • Encourage your child to read out loud to you DAILY.  For example have your child read school books, magazines, comics, newspaper articles, restaurant menus, signs, cereal boxes, etc. "Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children" (Reading Aloud, 2013. www.readingrockets.org).


  • If your child gets stuck on a word OR says an incorrect word, encourage him/her to:  1) Look for picture clues.   2) Try to sound out the word.  3) Break the word into parts.


  • After reading a sentence incorrectly, ask your child it if made sense, and if not, go back and reread it again.


  • Have your child reread a familiar book to increase fluency and expression.


  •  Provide a good first dictionary for your child and have a "word of the day or week" search.



Advice/Tips from a Mom

As a parent myself, there are many things I've learned through the years to assist my children when they were not motivated to read.  Here are a couple of ideas I've used:

  1. If your child whines about reading daily, make an agreement that you will read a page of their book, if they read a page.  That way your child may not feel so overwhelmed.  This will also help your child hear the expression and fluency in your voice.
  2. Lavish them with praise about how they are reading, and encourage them to read to other members of the family to "show off their good reading skills".  This can be done with a sibling, special relative, or even a neighbor.
  3. Remember not to compare your children and their ability to read.  First grade is such a tremendous growing year for your child and if he/she is encouraged to read daily, their growth as a reader and a writer will amaze you!

Good Readers

This brochure contains wonderful tips on how to read with your child. One of the most important is to make reading a daily ritual with your child.

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