Ways You Can Help Your Child Read and Write

Components of a Well Balanced Literacy Program

Do you wish to help a child, grade K, 1,2, or 3, to become an amazing reader and writer?  Wonder what you can do to help?  I am here to answer. Here are ways that you can help your child read and write, like a champ.

If you are investing time in any of these areas, then you are investing in the literacy education of your beloved student.  These are the bulls-eye to aim at for to help your child read and write:

1. Sight Words

Of primary importance for the beginning reader, is the foundation of SIGHT-WORDS.   Sight words would be words that are frequent in our language, sometimes called high frequency words.

They may or may not have expected spellings.  They may have unusual or non-phonetic spellings, and therefore may be tricky for kids to learn.  These words  are vital for learning to read quickly upon sight.  We want our readers to see the word and know it in a snap!   Time spent on sight words is a great way to help your child read and write.  More on sight-words  here >>>

2. Phonics

Phonics  is knowledge of letters and sounds.  It  is of primary importance.  Complexity of the  letter patterns increases through the grades, and thus most students learn to read much more easily if taught some good phonics basics. Time spent on phonics is an awesome way to help your child read and write.  More on that will be linked here in the future>>>

3.  Spelling, Word Work, Journaling

Spelling, Word Work, Journaling is all about getting the words in print, or on paper.  Any time  spent supporting proper spelling and writing, is time well spent.  Writing sentences with correct punctuation and capitalization is part of this pursuit. Helping your child get thoughts on paper, is a worth-while endeavor.  More about journaling here>>>

4. Fluency

Fluency refers to fluidity, rate, and sound of reading.  The goal is for the student to at least read at a rate similar to his or her speech, and with expression that sounds similar to normal speech.  This grows naturally with practice, and therefore,to increase fluency;  practice, (time spent reading) is the prescription.

5. Reading Stamina

Stamina refers to ability of the reader to stay focused and engaged in the reading process.  Firstly this would happen as a listener, and later as a reader. A balanced literacy program will provide opportunity for both aspects of stamina to grow ( as a listener, and also as an active reader).  To encourage growth of stamina, provide your child with appropriate support to be successful at reading, as well as materials and books that he/she finds interesting and do-able.

This means, don’t give the little reader, a book to read that is too difficult for  (him or her) to read alone. Being there to help is a great way to help your child read and write, with increasing stamina.

6. Literature Appreciation

Appreciation for literature is an important aim of a good literacy education.  Exposure to different genres is crucial in order to promote literature appreciation.  This means nurture a love for books! Parents  have fun with this.


Enjoy books together.
Auntie spends much time making this little one happy by sharing books.

Just ENJOY a wide variety of books together.  Let your child pick out some, and you pick out some.  Discuss the books, read the books.  Ew and ah over the books.  Laugh at the books, and if you want to, hug and kiss the book.  (I may or may not have done that before.)  Sharing enthusiasm for books in this way will help you grow a life-long reader in your child.  No age is too young to share your love for books!

7. Handwriting 

Yes, believe it or not handwriting CAN absolutely have a bearing on reading, so attention to correct formation of letters please!  This  can actually HELP the struggling reader.  Supervising and encouraging proper handwriting can actually help your child read and write with increasing accuracy.  These posts speak specifically to this>>>

8 Motivation

Motivation is key. A student that lacks motivation can be the most difficult to work with.  Motivation is a necessary and practical aim of any education and it does not have to be difficult.  In this blog, I do address this vital issue of motivation. 13 Tips to Keep Your Child Motivated to Practice Reading and Writing

Are you working hard to build in those eight areas?  Time spent trying to build skills and accomplishment in any of those eight areas, can make a BIG DIFFERENCE.  These eight areas are ways that you can help your child read and write like a smartsy reader!



Feel like you are spinning your wheels and getting no where?

Classroom teachers feel that way sometimes as well.  I promise you that slow and steady wins the marathon here.  Keep aiming at those 8 bulls-eyes, and you are going to WIN.

Concerned teachers do worry…

I will tell you that it took a few years for me to learn the emotional “pattern” of teaching first grade.   In brief, it went something like this: October, November, near panic as I reflected on our goals, and the gap.  How far we needed to go, and how little progress we had made so far, was scary.  At this point my only option was to “soldier on,” and do the best that I could do, every day, for every child, given their abilities and motivation.

Past the panic…

Past the panic, through December, January, February, March, I would go.  By February I MAY see glimmers of hope. Usually by the end of March and in April and May I would see more HOPE and accomplishment. In May when we pulled beginning of the year journals, and reading scores, and compared with end of May data, THAT is when I could finally CELEBRATE.

Blog post:  Seasoned Homeschoolers Offer Best Advice that will help you stay encouraged >>> (coming soon)

You persevere through your doubts and you also will find  wonderful reasons to celebrate nine months or a year down the road.

I am here for you.  You can e-mail me or private message me.

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God bless you and your kiddos,

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