It’s no secret that good communication and comprehension skills—reading, writing, listening, and speaking—are essential for students’ success in school and in life. That’s why we’ve put together a list of resources to help you support your child’s development in language arts, from things to avoid when working with a young reader to tips for guiding your teen through a writing assignment.
1. Encourage emerging readers – PBS Parents provides a list of common mistakes parents make when helping their young child learn to read. By refraining from things like interrupting your children or pointing out every mistake, you can help create a comfortable and supportive learning environment that makes a potentially daunting task for young learners seem not so scary.
2. Help children choose their own books – Having kids select their own books is an important step towards independence and a self-motivated enjoyment of reading. ReadThinkLearn explains how to guide them through this process, from browsing bookshelves, to gauging interests and abilities, to ultimately choosing their own books that are just the right fit.
3. Motivate kids who dislike reading – Having a child who hates reading can be frustrating for any parent who wants their children to excel—not to mention the child himself, who may resist even short reading assignments. PBS Parents lays out a few simple but meaningful steps to help give reluctant readers a boost.
4. Help teens improve their writing – The WriterCoach Connection (WCC) is a program that trains and coordinates volunteer writing coaches to help secondary-school students improve their writing process. GreatSchools shares ten detailed tips (based on the WCC volunteers’ experiences) for parents when it comes to helping their teens become better writers.
Parents, what are your favorite language arts resources