GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS

How does Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute provide guidance to parents? 

  • Parent Talks and Discussions: Back-to-School Nights and other parent programs at schools often include 20- to 40-minute sessions with RAR staff to discuss brain development, oral-language acquisition, read-aloud techniques and screen-time management. 

  • Social Media and YouTube: Our private YouTube channel features short, two-to-three minute informational videos for parents on topics similar to those mentioned above.

  • E-Newsletters: All parents are asked to register for our monthly e-newsletter featuring literacy development ideas and links to internal and external resources.

 

Some sample talking points

 

  • Read aloud every day, and make it a special time!

  • Read whenever your child asks. This will reinforce your child’s interest in books.

  • Let your child set the pace for reading.

  • Mix it up. Sometimes, stop to ask: "What do you think will happen next?" or "What is happening in this picture?" or “Have you ever felt like that?

  • Make up your own story with the book’s illustrations (and let your child do the same)!

  • Remember, your child is watching. Allow learning to be fun!

  • Leave a story unfinished if the book stimulates some other conversation or curiosity in your child. Talking with you is critical to your child's development.

  • It’s OK to read your child's favorite books again and again. Memorizing stories is good for the young brain!

  • Let your child turn the pages, repeat words and point out letters and numbers.

VIDEOS FOR PARENTS IN ENGLISH

VIDEOS PARA PADRES EN ESPAÑOL