Published in Oak Hill Blog

January 23, 2019

It’s seven o’clock. Do you know what your child is reading?

Everyone is home. Dinner has been made and cleaned up.  It is the dreaded homework time. You ask your child, “What are you reading?” Silence. Sigh.  Then, the typical answer, “I don’t know. Nothing.” Your heart sinks, and you wonder what can I do to get my child to talk about reading.

Don’t give up!  Here at Oak Hill Academy students are reading many books at one time: independent reading book, short stories, and a novel study book. If you are lucky, one of those books you might have read in school too!

Here are some helpful tips from Oak Hill Academy where we pride ourselves on effective parent/teacher relationships.  How to start a conversation about reading:

  1. Read the book with your child.
  2. Make connections with your child’s life to the characters.
  3. Point out the parts of the book you found exciting or problematic. See if your child has their own opinions about the book.
  4. Talk about the interesting words you found in the book. Then, have your child pick the words they found interesting.
  5. Compare and contrast characters.
  6. Start a family book club where everyone reads the same book.

If all else fails, use the time you have the most, driving in the car!

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