20 Tips for Parents As Reading Partners
You are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes every day with your child.
Here are some tips to help you become successful at reading together while
making it an enjoyable experience for you (the parent or any adult) and your
Establish the right climate
- Make reading a pleasant experience.
- Build a home library. Children love to reread their favorite books. Give
books as gifts. Subscribe to a children’s magazine in your child’s name.
- Work with your child on projects that involve reading: cooking, model
building, arts and crafts.
- Read to your child as often as possible. Discuss the story and ask a
question or two about what you’ve read to encourage good listening habits.
- Success is important. In selecting a book, choose any page and have your
child read it aloud. If your child makes fewer than five errors, the book is
at his or her reading level.
- Listen to their questions and stories. Give them time to put their ideas
- Talk and sing with your children.
- Make a story come alive by using a finger or sock puppet and have the
puppet retell the story.
- Start reading or telling a story and stop before it is finished. Have your
child finish the story.
- Read with expression. There are very few children who would rather watch
TV than hear a good story read with feeling and enthusiasm by someone they
- Dramatize a story you have read with your child, each taking different
- Share your childhood through storytelling. Children love to hear stories
about their family’s background.
Offer positive comments
- Build self-respect and morale by praising whenever your child reads. There
is a difference between encouragement and pressure. Each child needs to
- Say things like:
- That’s really nice.
- I like the way you did this.
- That’s quite an improvement.
- Thank you for sharing this paper with me.
- Let’s send this to grandma and grandpa.
- That’s an interesting point of view.
- You really outdid yourself today.
- Very creative.
- Make sure your child has well-balanced meals and adequate rest.
child feels affects his or her attitude.
- Be genuinely interested in the work your child brings home.
will make your child want to do better in school.
NYS PTA PARP Toolkit
- Introduce the fun of language to babies through nursery rhymes and
- Have your child dictate a short story to you. Children love to tell
stories. Help your child read it back to you. Then see if he or she can read
- Develop vocabulary by having your child give the opposite of words such as
black, uncle, open, stand, etc.
- Choose TV programs with your child. View TV with your child. Talk about TV
PARP Chairs and others can use this Toolkit
as a source of information.
Sections 1-4 give examples of how to run a PARP program at your school.
Section 5 includes a list of different resources for all to use.
Please consider holding a PARP program at your school!
The more you as a PTA
encourage reading, the more successful our children will be now and in the
future. If you are already are hosting a PARP program, look through the
Toolkit for new ideas to add this year.
If you want to start one, the
has ideas to get you started along with details and examples on the
various components. Any questions, please contact
you will host a PARP program at your school this year!