• A Word to Parents about Teen Reading

    The role parents play in reading instruction does not stop with elementary school.  Parents should continue to be involved in the reading development of their teens.  The following suggestions are some tips for parents:
    • Be a model.  Let your adolescent see you read.  Share with him/her what you are experiencing when you read--the joys, surprises and sadnesses of the story.


    • Share what you are reading.  Tell about what is happening in the book you are reading.  Read an article from the newspaper aloud.  Read together letters and E-mail received from friends and relatives.


    • Show an interest in your adolescent's reading.  Be available to listen.  Read the same book.  Offer to read aloud and encourage your adolescent to read aloud to you.


    • Together, read the books of movies you have seen.  Or, read the book and then go see the movie!


    • Be tolerant of your adolescent's choices of what to read.  You may not like the choices of romance, horror or comic books--but keep your teen reading.


    • Be sure space and time are available for reading.  A schedule full of dance lessons, sports, video games and TV may not leave enough time for reading. 


    • Provide a "print rich" environment.  Have books, magazines, newspapers--lots of reading materials--readily available.  Write notes to your adolescent about chores, directions and phone messages, and expect the same from him/her.


    • Be aware of textbook reading assignments.  Offer to help his/her understanding of the readings as well as any follow-up questions.


    • Request parent/teacher conferences.  Be aware of your adolescent's progress and assignments involving reading. 
    Journal of Reading, November 1992