Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Grade 7 Spring Reading
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Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
  1. Be a Reading Role Model
    Be a Reading Role Model
    Read with your child or read your own book while they are reading. You are your child’s most important teacher.
  2. Read in "Real Life"
    Read in "Real Life"
    Read an article from the newspaper or movie reviews together and discuss.
  3. Set a Time to Read
    Set a Time to Read
    Make reading a family habit and take time to talk about the books you are reading or listening to.
  4. Have Child Read to Siblings
    Have Child Read to Siblings
    Have your child read to a younger sibling.
  5. Replace Television/Technology with Reading
    Replace Television/Technology with Reading
    Set aside time for reading every day without TV or technology.
  6. Follow Their Lead
    Follow Their Lead
    Follow your child’s lead, if they want to discuss a topic in more depth, go with it.
  7. Visit the Library Weekly
    Visit the Library Weekly
    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.
  8. Talk about Everyday Activities
    Talk about Everyday Activities
    Talk with your child about everyday activities. This helps your child’s background knowledge which is crucial for listening and reading comprehension.
  9. Talk about Books
    Talk about Books
    Talk to them about what they are reading. Ask questions like “What problem did the main character overcome?”. Have them explain whether or not the text makes sense. This is called "monitoring for understanding".
  10. 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.
  11. Visit the Illing Middle School Website
    Visit the Illing Middle School Website
    Click now to go to the site!
Other Ways you Can Help
  • Make literacy and creative thinking part of your family by engaging in regular game nights. Games like Sorry, Uno, Risk, Clue and Stratego (just to name a few) promote thinking and problem solving. Games like Scategories, Taboo, Scrabble, Boggle, Rory’s Story Cubes and Balderdash (just to name a few) are great ways to get your child thinking about words and expanding vocabulary.  Plus, it’s a great way to spend time together.  
  • For your reluctant readers graphic novels are powerful tools. Check out this video and this article about the benefits of reading a graphic novel.  If you’re still not convinced... watch this !
  • Just for Teens - Teen Ink is an online resources for teens where they can read and comment on writing, art and videos posted by kids their own age. They can even post their own work. (Explore the site with your child to ensure the content is appropriate for them and comfortable for you.)
Connect with the School
  • Keep the lines of communication open.

Ask the teacher some of these questions:

  • 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?
  • Can you show me examples of work at this level?  May I see samples of my child’s work?
  • What can I do to help my child with upcoming work?

  • Check your child’s agenda nightly.
  • Email or call the teacher when you have questions.
  • Visit the school’s webpage frequently to see updates posted by your child’s teacher.
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