Friday, September 10, 2010

How To Get The Best Education Possible: Tip #4

Make sure this year is a successful academic year for your child.  We already discussed turning off the electronics during the school week, organizing a study area, and putting your child on an regular schedule.  Today we will look at the next important tip.

Tip #4:  READ! READ! READ!

Research shows that how fluent a child reads (how many words per minute a child can read) will determine their success academically.  In order to complete assignments in high school, college, and graduate courses a students must be able to read a certain amount of materials in a short amount of time and comprehend what's been read.  This is why schools are using researched based reading series that make sure a child is fluently reading and understanding what they read on grade level. 

The only way a child can increase fluency is to read to your child when they are young and have them read recreational materials outside of school!  Research also shows that students who read for 15-60 minutes outside of school get better grades and score higher on standardized test.  So, tip #4 is to find books, magazines, comics, or whatever interest your child and read to your child or have them read every evening throughout the school year.  I'm sure you will be amazed at the increase in your child's vocabulary, written language, spelling, and overall understanding of the written word.  What will all this amount to?  Better comprehension and performance in all subject areas.  So, READ to your child or have your child READ! READ! READ!


Anonymous September 11, 2010 at 7:09 AM  

Hi, Debra, thanks for stopping by my blog. Lots of good tips you have here for parents! Although my school years were way back when, I think my parents followed all of them. I was quite a bookworm anyway, having been read to all along, so it wasn't hard to get me to study. I hope your thoughts reach lots of parents!

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