What the research says:
1. Reading ability and feelings toward reading are related.
2. Forcing children to read yields poor results.
Tips to send home for parents to encourage reading:
1. Be Role Models- Read often with children and on your own.
2. Book Allowances- You can use the library or purchase new books for your children.
3. Assure Kids That Reading Has a Purpose- Reading is not a chore.
4. Read Aloud- Family reading nights are great!
5. Create a family newsletter, web site, and/or blog- Kids love to use technology. Technology requires a great deal of reading.
Tips for teachers to encourage reading:
1. Encourage Student Pen Pal Exchanges.
2. Reading Scavenger Hunt- When students read in a competitive setting, you would be surprised how fast they retain information.
3. Read & Share- Have students share their thoughts with the class.
4. Class Newspaper- This allow students to further explore their interests.
5. Class Web Site- Have students manage an updated record of what is going on in your class. If anyone is absent, it really helps.
6. Organize a Book Exchange- Week 1: Students bring in as many used books as they would like. They receive 1 credit for each book they bring in. Week 2: For every credit the students have they can take one book from the exchange.