Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Grade 12 Winter Reading
Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
Read Books
Connect with School Staff
Use Resources
  1. Be a Reading Role Model
    Be a Reading Role Model
    Provide a good role model - read yourself and read often to your child.
  2. Read in "Real Life"
    Read in "Real Life"
    Encourage activities that require reading - for example, cooking (reading a recipe), constructing a kite (reading directions), or identifying an interesting bird's nest or a shell collected at the beach (using a reference book).
  3. Set a Time to Read
    Set a Time to Read
    Establish a reading time and read with your child for 20 minutes.
  4. Have Child Read to Siblings
    Have Child Read to Siblings
    Ask your child to bring a library book a home to read to a younger sibling.
  5. Make a Stack of Books and Read Them
    Make a Stack of Books and Read Them
    Have your child make a stack of 6 books easiest to hardest to see if they can read the stack in 15 minutes.
  6. Use Mentor Texts
    Use Mentor Texts
    Mentor texts are pieces of literature that you can return to and reread for many different purposes. Texts are read aloud to students and discussed. Suggested Mentor Texts: Hang on Monkey , Super Storms; Owls (any type of nonfiction easy chapter book).
If your child gets stuck on a word...
Connect with the School
When reading with your child encourage all their reading efforts and if they are stuck on a word:

  • Tell them to look at the first letter
  • What sound does that letter make
  • What sound do the next letters make
  • Tell them to read those sounds together
  • Ask them does that look right?
  • Ask them does that make sense?
Your child’s teacher is available to answer questions about your child’s progress and what they are learning in class.  Be sure to attend conferences, contact your child’s teacher via email, notes, and/or phone calls. Attend school events (i.e., Open House, Parent Math Night, etc.), as well. Review any work that comes home (corrected papers, classwork or homework) to see what your child is working on in class.  Keep the lines of communication open. Email or call the teacher when you have questions.
Questions you can ask the teacher:  
  • What should my child’s reading level be at this point in the year?
  • In addition to the learning goals in this guide, what else is my child expected to learn?
  • How is my child’s progress measured throughout the year?
  • Is my child on grade level? If not, what support will the school offer my child? How can I help at home?
  • If my child is at or above grade level, what extra enrichment and support will the school offer? How can I help at home?
Read Non-Fiction Books...
Nonfiction can be more difficult than fiction and when choosing books to read at home, parents should make sure that that students are checking that the book isn’t too difficult. When reading a nonfiction book have your child notice the table of contents, labels, captions.

  • Ask them to explain what a key word (bold word) might mean
  • Ask them what are 2 new facts you learned from reading your book
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