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You, as parents and guardians, can do much to help your children! Here are some suggestions. More will be posted as time permits, so check back from time to time!

How You Can Help Your Child to Develop Better Reading Skills!

Reading is an extremely important skill, especially in our digital world. There is much you can do to encourage and help your children to improve both their decoding (i.e. figuring out how to pronounce a word) and reading comprehnsion (e.g. understanding what a group of words mean when written together). Many of these suggestions are just common sense!


  • Make sure your child likes the book that he or she is reading! No one enjoys reading a boring book!
  • Encourage your child to read something enjoyable every night.
  • Take them to the public library regularly.
  • Set up a quiet, comfortable place where they can read without distraction.
  • USE AUDIOBOOKS IN ADDITION TO REGULAR BOOKS! Audiobooks can be very entertaining and expose children to more complex vocabulary and writing styles. They also get to hear -- hopefully -- good examples of dramatic, expressive reading. Not only are audiobooks are a great way to hook reluctant readers, but they´re also great for readers of all ages and ability levels!


  • your child to break the word into smaller, more managable chunks.
  • your child to find smaller words within the difficult word.
  • ...have your child skip the word for the moment, finish the sentence, and use clues to try to figure out what the word might be.


  • Before reading, ask your child what he/she already knows about the topic. Accessing background knowledge brings useful information front and center, helping the reader to better understand and make connections to the text.
  • Encourage your child to use the titles, illustrations, and captions to gain more information and to predict what the text will be about.
  • Encourage your child to make a mental picture or mental movie in his/her mind.
  • Talk to your child about what he/she has read! For example, ask your child to retell the story in their own words, or ask for a brief summary of what was read. Ask thinking questions (e.g. How and Why questions)!
  • Find out what feelings were felt and what memories came up while reading. Ask them to explain the connections.

Here are some useful resources for parents (and students!) to use: This is a place to purchase digital audiobooks for your children! They have a wide range of books for children and adults. Digital audiobooks are a great tool to help students to improve their reading skills, and they are a wonderful way to make literature more interesting for both good readers and struggling readers!

A note to parents regarding homework:

With the exception of Home Reading, most homework assignments consist of work started but not completed in class. I aim to give no more than approximately 60 minutes of homework for Gr. 6 & 7 students, and I try to give sufficient class time to complete most assignments. However, one student´s ten minutes is another student´s 30 minutes. In other words, everyone works at different rates. Also, the amount of homework will depend on how effectively students use class time.

What does this mean for your child? If he or she is having great difficulty with the work and is spending too much time on homework, please have your child speak to me in the morning or contact me with your concerns. If your child simply needs a little more time to complete the work due to other evening commitments, my classroom is usually open before 8:30 a.m.

All Div. 1 students will have been informed that it is their responsibility to speak to me before class if they are unable to complete their homework due to difficulties or due to other evening commitments.

Updated: September 5, 2019