Parents Support Reading at Home

Posted by Lori Goldman on Thursday, October 17, 2013
This is from the Lord Byng Secondary School website to help ELL students.
The information is good for all English language learners.

Ways to Support Reading in The Home
1. Read with your son/daughter on a regular basis. A minimum of once a week, or better, two times a
week. You can read in your own language or in English.

2. Discuss together what you have read. Parent tells son/daughter what he/she has read. Son/daughter
shares what they understood from the story. THIS IS NOT A LESSON in which the child is corrected.

3. Your son/daughter should also read on his/her own for pleasure. The book must be something he/she can
read. It should be easy enough to read without checking the dictionary frequently. The book should be
on a topic of interest. The book should be self-chosen.

4. Ask your son/daughter what they are studying in each class. They would normally have a new story or
new topic every week. Ask what the story or the topic is about.

5. Go to the Vancouver Public Library. Get a library card for each family member. (You will need some

6. Some students like to get English books that they have read in their first language. This can be a useful
bridge when choosing books at the beginning level.

7. Your son/daughter can also borrow book-cassette packages from the library in which the story is read aloud on the tape and the reader can follow in the book. Such tapes and/or dvds are also available at
bookstores such as Chapters or Indigo.

8. Buy a good English dictionary such as, Essential English Dictionary, available at the UBC Bookstore.
This dictionary will support your learning once you are reading at a grade 5 level and will be a useful
tool in your English classes.

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Lori in I got my Bachelor of Education degree in the USA but was born and raised in Canada. Working in Asia and with immigrant adults and children for 26 years has given me insights into the difficulties they face in a new country and school system. I like to help adults adjust to and explore the rich and diverse opportunities in Canada while also supporting them in their challenge of parenting in a new culture. I love to help children learn English, develop skills, and gain confidence to succeed in school and life.


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