Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Grade 6 Spring Reading
Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
  1. Visit the Library
    Visit the Library
    Plan a regular night to visit the library weekly. Listen to audiobooks, books on tape or CDs in the car. Mary Cheney Library has a wonderful selection of audiobooks.
  2. Set a Time to Read
    Set a Time to Read
    Set aside time for reading every day without TV or technology.
  3. Have Child Read to Siblings
    Have Child Read to Siblings
    Make reading a family habit and take time to talk about the books you are reading or listening to. Have your child read to a younger sibling.
  4. Read with Your Child
    Read with Your Child
    Read with your child or read your own book while they are reading. You are your child’s most important teacher.
  5. Follow your Child's Lead
    Follow your Child's Lead
    Follow your child’s lead, if they want to discuss a topic in more depth, go with it. Go online to help your child find articles, magazines or books on topics that interest them. Order a subscription to your child’s favorite magazine.
  6. Read and Discuss
    Read and Discuss
    Read an article from the newspaper or movie reviews together and discuss.
  7. Talk about Activities
    Talk about Activities
    Talk with your child about everyday activities. This helps your child’s background knowledge which is crucial for listening and reading comprehension.
  8. Ask Questions
    Ask Questions
    Talk to them about what they are reading. Ask questions like “What problem did the main character overcome?”
  9. Have Them Explain
    Have Them Explain
    Have them explain whether or not the text makes sense. This is called ‘monitoring for understanding.’
  10. Ask Child to Visualize
    Ask Child to Visualize
    Ask your child to visualize what is happening in the text and then describe it.
  11. Have Child Make Predictions
    Have Child Make Predictions
    Have your child make predictions about what might happen next, or about what might happen after the end of the story.
Read Books
Connect with School Staff
Use Resources
Connect with the School
Reach out to your child’s teacher - You are an important part of your child’s education.

Ask the teacher questions like:
  • Where is my child excelling? How can I support this success?
  • What do you think is giving my child the most trouble? How can I help my child improve in this area?
  • What can I do to help my child with upcoming work?

Remember to:
  • Keep the lines of communication open.
  • Check your child’s agenda nightly.
  • Email or call the teacher when you have questions or concerns.
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