Help Your Child Make
Volume 1 Number 1 September, 2006
Reading Calendar is a
monthly feature of the Department of Childhood Education,
University of North Florida, 4567 Saint Johns Bluff Road,
South, Jacksonville, FL 32224,
by Nile Stanley, Ph.D.
Chair, Childhood Education
Imagine your child as a college
freshman with a full paid scholarship, offers to work summers
at prestigious corporations and owning a portfolio of personal
investments. Such success is achievable, even reachable for
children who study, work hard and learn early the power of
goal setting. Parents can help their child make the grade by
helping at home with school work!
- Communicate often with your child's
teacher about expectations. Ask, what grade level is my
child on? How can I reinforce skills tonight so my child
will be successful in school tomorrow? What long-term
projects and assignments will be due? When are tests?
- Show great interest in your child's
progress in school. Display prominently the child's
successful achievements. Reinforce what is taught at school
by providing related experiences that build background
knowledge. For example, if the child is studying dinosaurs,
then read aloud on the subject or visit a museum together.
Talk about what the child reads.
- Set aside 30 or more minutes per
day for learning time. Begin homework right after school.
Provide a quiet place. Have a homework planning sheet
listing the book, pages and "What I will Learn." If your
child does not have a specific assignment, always encourage
the practice of reading, writing and math skills. Dear time
- Drop Everything and Read - should happen daily.
- Make a list of learning goals and a
step-by-step plan of action for the year. For example, one
school year's resolution might be to get more A's. The plan
for the child is to read more library books, to study
longer, to do more homework and to have good behavior in
- Limit the amount of TV watching
your child does to no more than 12 hours a week. Monitor the
types of programs watched, foster critical viewing and
suggest educational shows found of PBS. Provide healthy
alternatives to excessive viewing such as practicing a
musical instrument, doing crafts, playing sports and
participating in the arts.
- Read together the newspaper daily.
Buy children's books and magazines and visit the library
regularly. Make sure your child observes you reading widely
and that you develop positive attitudes by discussing
enthusiastically what you read. Do the suggested activities
in "The Reading Calendar."
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