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Reading at home daily is an essential part of developing young readers. Reading twenty minutes a night is part of the homework expectations for second grade. There are a variety of ways to spend your time reading at home. Here are just a few ideas:
  • Reading independently (not too hard or not too easy... just right).

  • Take turns reading with your child. You read one page, they read one page.

  • Reading to your child is extremely valuable for your child to hear natural rhythms and expressions. This is perfect if your child finds a book they really wants to read that is above their level.

  • Read together as a family. Gather members of your family together in a room with reading materials. Children who see reading at home are more likely to pick up a book themselves.

  • Read in new places around the house or establish a cozy reading nook.

  • Read with expression. Make up voices for different characters.

  • Read to stuffed animals.

  • Read online or on a device (iPod, iPad, Nook etc).
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  • It’s always a good idea to ask your child comprehension questions about what they just read. Building those comprehension skills is so important.Here is a list of questions (pick a few per book).