Science of Reading for Parents: 10 Tips to Share with Students’ Families

Wondering what support you can provide families? Most likely, the Science of Reading takes a different approach than parents are familiar with. Science has come far since we were kids! Read on to learn about what resources you can provide families about the Science of Reading.

10 Science of Reading Tips to Share with Students’ Parents

Here are 10 Science of Reading tips you can provide families!

1. Define and Explain Your Literacy Curriculum

Many times, there are resources from the phonemic awareness and phonics program that families can carry over at home! 

2. Provide Families With Sight Word Lists

By providing families with high frequency word lists, they can help generalize the skills you are working on in the classroom. 

3. Share That It Is OK To Read To Them!

Since Structured Literacy is all about the five domains of reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency can be gained from hearing a family member read to a child. Want provide them with a challenge? Have them read the sight words they know when you come to them. 

4. Practice Phonemic Awareness

Science of Reading shows that phonological awareness skills are the key to reading. Encourage families to practice rhyming in the car by playing I Spy!  

5. List Writing

To practice handwriting skills and generalize spelling, have students write the grocery lists at home! They can also make the family calendars. 

6. Talk, Talk, Talk

Students need a strong language comprehension background to read and understand. Encourage families to use synonyms for typical words, like saying “That scaly snake is enormous!” instead of “That is big!”.

7. Bye Leveled Readers, Hello Decodables

Are your families not sure what books to buy for beginning readers? Share decodable book titles, such as Bob Books. We want children to read books where words play fair and follow the rules. 

8. Spell in the Tub!

Share strategies for families that are multi-sensory. When the child is in the shower or tub, have them write their high frequency words in steam, in shaving cream, or in bubbles to practice the connection between reading and writing. 

9. Writing is JUST as Important as Reading

Keeping a diary can help students with their organization, language, and comprehension skills. Not to mention handwriting and picture drawing! Is your student not writing independently yet? Have them draw pictures with details to reflect on their day. 

10. Play Games in Household Tasks

Encourage families to play games, making reading authentic at home. Cabinet Key is a fun game to play! If the child wants a treat, have the cabinet labeled with a sight word or sentence that they must read in order to get the treat.

In closing, we hope you found these tips for science of reading to share with parents helpful! If you did, then you may also be interested in these posts:

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