What Can I Do At Home?

Posted by Kimberly Colon on 11/2/2021

Greetings, Families! 

This question is a hot topic, especially this week at Parent/Teacher Conferences. My answer is usually simple, "Read."  Read TO your child. Read WITH your child. LISTEN to your child read to you! 

But, I know, there are the follow up questions.

What if they get stuck on a word?

Can I say "sound it out?"

I don't know how to help them.

How can I support what you're teaching in school?

What do I do with the books that come home?

First, I don't want reading to be a chore at home.

I LOVE reading (it's probably a reason why I love teaching it). 

*I read for pleasure myself. *I am in a book club.

*I log all the books I read throughout the year and *set reading challenges for myself (only 2 more books to go to reach my goal of 60 books for this year!). 

I want my students to love reading as much as I do!  For this reason, I tell my students that I don't give homework, I give them a Reading Log.  Reading is not homework. It is something that we should all do, habitually, every day, even if it's just for 15-20 minutes a day.  I read every day before bedtime, even if it's just a couple pages or a chapter.

I know, I know, I am not answering your question.  I want you, Moms, Dads and other Caregivers, to understand my philosophy of reading at home before I share this phenomenal resource. 

If your child is getting frustrated and upset while reading,


They are not going to gain any knowledge if they are upset, frustrated, or any other extreme emotion.

Alright, now onto the topic at hand. The link below will bring you to a slew of short concise videos that will help you address various topics to help your child at home. Please ask your child's teacher, or message me, about on which topic to focus.  Your child will not need it all, but could benefit from one or two.  I hope you find it helpful!

Happy Reading!