Helping your Child with Reading and Writing


  • When your child gets stuck on a word, ask them to use their strategies. This can be helpful to the student to connect to word attack skills that were learned in school. These may include:
    • stretching out the word
    • breaking the word into chunks or parts
    • trying another sound for a vowel
    • rereading so it makes sense
    • reading to the end of the line
    • and trying a word that looks and sounds right.
  • Ask your child questions about what they read to begin a conversation to support comprehension in reading. Questions should not just be recall with one correct answer. Questions should be deeper, so students go back to the text to support their answer which may be different than yours. Students are expected to answer based on text and not their personal ideas and thoughts.
  • Support your child in keeping a writing journal. In addition to writing about experiences or special moments, holidays, family traditions or daily life, students can also write in response to what they are reading. This will build writing stamina. It will support your child in writing focused and detailed pieces. You can ask your child to add more to their writing by trying a revising strategy learned in school.
  • Encourage your child to visit the Literary Resources area in the student portal. Here you’ll find websites, games and opportunities to read more to strengthen your child’s fluency, comprehension and decoding skills. Click here to go to the Literacy Resources page.
  • Integrate learning by fostering inquiry in all areas of life. Guide students to make observations around them and notice how problems and solutions happen every day in the real world.