7. How can I better promote reading in my home?

      Rasinski, Timothy V., Anthony D. Fredericks. (1990) Working with Parents, The Best Reading Advice For Parents. The Reading Teacher v.43, p.344-345, 1990

      Strickland, Dorothy S., Lesley Mandel Morrow. (1990) Emerging Readers and Writers, Integrating the Emergent Literacy Curriculum With Themes. The Reading Teacher. V.43, p. 604-605, 1990

     "Children who are read to by their parents are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary; they develop an internal sense of story and understand that reading is a process of getting meaning from written symbols. Perhaps most importantly, children who are read to are provided with the best role model for reading Ė their parents. Children understand that reading is something their parents value and that has functional utility (Rasinski, 344)."

      I had thought about offering some suggestions about how to turn your reading experiences into better learning experiences. However, when families do such things I think the level of enjoyment decreases. I donít want families to "teach" their children in a formal sense; families have enough to do already. Enjoy your time reading together. If you really want to enrich the experience Iím sure you could find the information at your local library or on the web.

      (No Author) Tips For Parents [Online]. Available. www.cec.sped.org/ericec.htm [1996]

      (No Author) Read*Write*Now! The Early Years: Birth to Preschool [Online]. Available. www.parentsplace.com/readroom/education/rwnearly.html [1996, July 25].

      Swanson, Beverly B. How Can I Improve My Childís Reading? [Online]. Available. www.parentsplace.com/genobject.cgi/readroom/education/read.html[No date].

      [No Author]. Learning Partners, Letís Read! [Online]. Available. www.parentsplace.com/genobject.cgi/readroom/education/lpread.html [1996, June 17].

      Cullinan, Bernice and Brad Bagert. Helping Your Child Learn to Read with activities for children from infancy through age ten. [Online]. Available. www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Reading/index.html [No Date].

      [No Author]. Important Things To Know From the US Department of Education. [Online]. Available. www.parentsplace.com/genobject.cgi/readroom/education/importan.html [1996, December 22]

Please direct comments or questions to:
Kelly Luke
Parent/Infant Outreach Specialist
North Dakota School for the Deaf
9th Floor/DPI
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505