- Boys need male role models in reading.
- Dads have a major influence over their child’s education and how well they perform.
- If male role models value reading, boys will learn to value reading as well.
So What Can Fathers Do?
- Read with your son as often as possible. Consider reading Father and Son Read-Aloud Stories, a collection of fairy tales refashioned for a boy’s imagination.
- Make literacy activities interactive:
- Play games – spell words when playing basketball – Horse style
- Make up rhymes together
- Act out stories you read together
- Research a specific topic your child has an interest in, read books about that topic, read information online about the topic — together
- Read online material together
- Create friendly spelling competitions for your child
- Encourage a subscription to a magazine: Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Your Big Backyard, or Ranger Rick. Read it together.
- Read the newspaper (or online news) with your son. Discuss current events.
- Read graphic novels or comic books. Then create your own.
- Choose a topic and create a pop-up book
- Use music and lyrics to help your son remember important spelling words and/or vocabulary
- Provide plenty of opportunities for your son to discuss his reading with you. If it helps him, allow him to graphically display his thinking about a book. This will guide him to a deeper understanding of the text.
- Keep a father/son journal. Write notes back and forth to each other – about your day, books you’ve read, favorite activities to do together, etc.
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