“What can I do at home to help my child?” This is the most frequent question teachers get, so here is a list of strategies you can do at home to help your child succeed.
Research shows that from birth, average children heard about 1,500 words an hour addressed to them. The average 4-year-old heard 30 million words addressed to them. Talkative parents produce talkative children and in turn, reticent (non-talkative) parents produce reticent children. Vocabulary use at age 3 was strongly related to reading comprehension scores in third grade. What does this mean? It’s simple…Talk to your children using grown-up words and even professional words. Explain what words mean even if you know they won’t understand them. Read to and with your children every single day.
Home Reading Time
Young children’s listening vocabularies are typically greater than their reading vocabularies until they become fluent readers. However, one-fourth of students do not read outside of school and the majority read for only a few minutes. Book-reading is correlated with vocabulary growth and academic achievement, but students seem to have less time—and fewer incentives—to read on their own. Ways to promote reading at home:
The three main mechanisms for word-learning that are responsible for students’ vocabulary growth beyond specific teacher instructed activities are:
Parents are a critical factor in children’s educational success because they are a child’s first and best teachers. Research has shown that children whose parents are involved in their education perform at higher levels than those whose parents are not involved.
So we encourage parents to get involved in a variety of ways. Parents can make sure children understand the importance of education, and they can help children learn outside of school. Below are some tips for helping your elementary student learn at home as well as in school.
The first one is the most important: Read. Read to your child. Read with your child. Let your child see you reading every day, so that he or she understands the importance of learning to read well.