How can I help my Junior child?
Grades 4 to 6 are often referred to as the junior grades. Literacy instruction in the junior grades focuses on helping students develop into critical, responsible, and effective communicators. Students who enter the junior grades are often at different stages of develop- ment in literacy. Some students are just beginning to read or write fluently, while others may have a lot of experience in both reading and writing.
As a parent, you can support your child’s learning both at home and at school in many ways. Here are some things you can do with your child:
- Establish with your child a consistent routine for completing homework, including a regular study time and location, and encourage your child to maintain the routine.
- Discuss school work, successes, concerns, and interests with your child.
- Encourage your child to “exercise” his or her mind by doing crossword puzzles, brain teasers, and word searches.
- Continue to offer praise as your child attempts new learning, and offer help and support when it is needed.
- Children who read well usually come from homes where parents:
-show an interest in reading;
-read to their children;
-talk with their children about what they are reading, thinking, and doing.
Helping your Child with Reading and Writing, Ontario Ministry of Education
It is important that your child not only read the words in a text but also understand the meaning of what he or she is reading. You can help your child read with understanding by giving him or her assistance in using various comprehension strategies, such as these:
- making connections to things he or she already knows
- creating mental pictures of what is happening in a story
- asking questions while reading
- determining important points
- reading “between the lines”
- summarizing information using strategies for figuring out difficult words