Helping your children love to learn

Learning includes reading, writing, speaking and listening. When parents and schools work together, children gain skills they will enjoy for a lifetime.

Useful tips

  • Read aloud with your family as often as possible.
  • Take time every day to listen and talk with your family about daily events.
  • Be a good role model by writing and reading at home.
  • Make writing tools available-paper, pencil, markers and books.
  • Encourage your child to write in a personal journal.
  • Visit the school and public library; get a library card for each member of your family.
  • Start a personal library of books that your child may keep at home.
  • Let children select books based on interest rather than ability.
  • Share written messages or letters with each other.
  • Read the newspaper and share local, state and national events.
  • Parents play the most important role in helping their child develop a lifelong interest in learning.
  • Visit your child’s school and talk with his/her classroom teacher and school librarian for more suggestions about learning activities at home.
  • Bookstores and public or school libraries offer a rich selection of resources for all children.
  • Learning is a family affair.