Sixth Grade

 Helping your child learn outside of school

1. Provide time and space for your child to read independently. This time should be free from distractions such as television.

2. Ask your child what topics, events, or activities he or she likes. Then look for books, magazines, or other materials about those topics that would motivate your child to read.

3. It is also helpful when your child sees other people reading at home. You could share what you have read.

4. Make time for conversation at home. Discuss current events, shared interests, and future aspirations for education and career.

5. Visit museums, zoos, theaters, historical sites, aquariums, and other educational places to help increase your child’s exposure to new knowledge and vocabulary.

6. Use technology to help build your child’s interest in reading. There are several websites where students can read books or articles online. The computer will help with words the student cannot read independently. Libraries also have computers students can use to access those sites. 

7. Be sure your child has a library card. Children should select books they are interested in to develop a passion for reading. Mesa Public Library has activities that make reading fun for the entire family. Feel free to ask a librarian or teacher for suggestions.

 Ideas from Council of the Great City Schools


Everyday Family Activities

  • Setting aside at least 15 minutes per day for family reading.
  • Making books, newspapers, and magazines available around your home.
  • Making sure that your child reads books that are not too difficult. A rule of thumb is if your child misses five words on the first page of a book, the material is too difficult. Find a book that is easier to read. Help him/her find books he/she will enjoy. The librarian can help.
  • Asking your child to summarize stories he/she has read. Ask questions which will bring out the main idea, details, and sequence of events.
  • Helping your child to draw conclusions based on material he/she has read.
  • Encouraging use of the dictionary. Look up words with your children for exact word meanings. Use a thesaurus to find new words to replace common, everyday ones.
  • Using the dictionary to find a new word each day; use this word in sentences and conversations.
  • Always requiring your child to read and follow the instructions for new games, models, recipes, etc. Help him/her if necessary.
  • Asking your child to tell you the events of his/her school day. Sit down, listen, and maintain eye contact. Be generous with praise and understanding.
  • Encouraging your child to write thank-you letters, pen-pal, or friendly letters to family and acquaintances. Also, encourage participation in the Voices Writing Contest.
  • Writing notes to your child and encouraging responses.
  • Assist your child by dictating spelling words as a practice test before a final test in school.
  • Going over papers brought home from school and stressing the progress your child is making in writing, spelling, and penmanship. Display good papers in a prominent place for all the family to enjoy.
  • Giving your maturing young student as many varied experiences as possible.
  • Take him/her to plays, operas, ballets, and musicals at the local high school and/or college. Discuss his/her reactions.
  • Continuing trips to the local library for assistance with reports your child is writing.
  • Help by finding several sources of information with your student. The librarian will help.

 Ideas from Fremont Unified School District, CA


Technology Resources for Parents

Scholastic for Parents

Harcourt Trophies (Resources for parents, teachers and students)

Kids Research Portal (Kentucky Virtual Library - How to do Research)

NBC Learn  Explore NBC Learn for  offers unique collections of video resources, primary sources, historic footage, images, mini-documentaries and text resources designed for use in the K-12 classroom.


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