Simple ways to help your child develop his/her reading skills


At St. Paul's Lutheran, we utilize the balanced literacy approach. Through reading, writing, assessments, phonemic awareness activities, and word work, our children are able to master oral and written communication. Parents often ask how they can support the work their children are doing in class when they are home.

Below is a list of ways that you can help your child further develop his/her reading skills:

  • Read aloud to your child to develop vocabulary.
  • Ask your child questions about the story you are reading - both during and after storytime. This helps develop reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
  • Have a variety of books for your child to choose from - picture books, appropriate graphic novels, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more.
  • Schedule time to read to and with your child on a daily basis. Many parents reserve time before bed or after dinner.
  • Talk to and with your child to develop their language skills.
  • Sing songs, recite poems, and say rhymes that have repetitive sounds. 

For more on our balanced literacy approach, and our academic focuses, click here.

If your child is struggling with their reading, or you find they need more support, reach out to your teacher or the school staff to learn more about our options for educational assistance through our resource specialist.