Be your child’s guide on their learning adventure.
As parents and caregivers, you are your child’s first teacher. Each month, we’ll share simple ways you’re helping your child learn every day and share resources that you can use at home. Brought to you in partnership with Fortune School and ABC10.
Everyday Learning Tip #9: Read and talk in the language you know best
- Make learning fun at home
- Recommendations for children of all ages
- Help your children achieve their full potential
Share your love of reading with your family by reading and talking in the language you know best. Enjoy books in your language or about your community or culture. You can also explore other languages and cultures through books at materials. Be sure to join us for Día, a monthlong celebration of reading,
with virtual events and activities for everyone in the family at the library.
Everyday Learning: Tip #8 Embrace Interruptions
As you’re reading with your child they may have the tendency to interrupt. As frustrating as it might be, interruptions occur for good reasons. It’s an invitation to help your child learn.
A child may interrupt a book to indicate that they have gaps in understanding. You can model looking up definitions or using context clues. Sometimes, children may interrupt when they encounter topics that delight them and they want to have a conversation about it. Taking time to talk helps develop vocabulary especially around emotions, the mechanics of conversation and helps your child make connections between the book and the world.
So, if your child interrupts a story. It’s ok to embrace the interruption – even if you don’t finish the book. A conversation is just as meaningful.
Everyday Learning Tip #7: Enjoy an Audiobook
Audiobooks engage a large range of readers and can captivate every member of the family.
You can access audiobooks with your library card anytime and anywhere using the Hoopla and Libby app.
- Audiobooks support your child’s development of critical listening skills and help younger readers practice word recognition.
- Shared listening experiences can also open opportunities for discussion of topics or themes within a book that might not arise while reading alone.
- Audiobooks are super convenient. Read while you ride in a car, read while you cook, read while you clean, play in the garden, or snuggle on the couch. It’s a great way to get some reading time into a busy day.
Everyday Learning Tip #6 Media Mentorship
- Try out any technology before allowing your child to use it
- Engage in media with your child! This is called co-viewing
- Technology can inspire wonder and learning
- The library can provide digital literacy practices in a safe setting with a wide array of tools
Tracy Humphrey from ABC 10 with Youth Librarian Caitlin
Everyday Learning Tip #5: Empower your child to become the Family Reader
Let your child take the lead when you are reading. Allow your child to choose the book to share with the family. Pre-readers can narrate the pictures or “read” a favorite they know by heart. Encourage reading to family members. Older children can read to younger siblings. Children can read to pets or stuffed animals. Or kids can call family members to share storytime over the phone or video chat.
When you empower your child to be the family reader, you’re helping build their confidence. Older children often build literacy skills and confidence when they read to younger siblings. Younger children see good reading behaviors and benefit from exposure to higher-level books they aren’t yet able to read on their own.
Make reading together fun and judgment-free. Don’t worry about pronunciation. Be silly and play with voices and read with expression.
Tracy Humphrey from ABC 10 with Youth Librarian Mandy
Everyday Learning Tip #4: Cook together
Invite your kids into the kitchen. Ask your child to read recipes aloud while you’re cooking dinner. This helps build vocabulary and fluency. Let them get in on the action while you cook and keep track of the clock. It’s also a fun way to practice math skills.
Tracy Humphrey from ABC 10 with Early Learning Specialist Nate
For some cooking inspiration you can check out a cooking themed early learning kit at the Sacramento Public Library. It includes one tote bag (Stacking Alphabet Letter Blocks and Dough Cutters, Stainless Steel Pots and Pans Set, one book, and one informational sheet). We also have a number of cook books available in our physical and digital collection.
Everyday Learning Tip #3: All reading is good reading
It’s ok to let go of expectations around reading level. There are advantages to reading books that are both hard and easy. When a reader is motivated by a story, they can stretch above their reading level, and may learn some new vocabulary along the way. Reading an old book can be a comfort, as well as a way to feel confident in their reading ability.
Looking for some reading inspiration? Sacramento Public Library can help. Tell us what you love to read, and our librarians will hand-select items to match your interests for curbside pickup with our personal shopping service.
Everyday Learning Tip #2: Homework help
Everyone, at any age, can use a little help sometimes.
Learning a new concept can be challenging for students and parents alike. Particularly right now, as we all are adjusting to the new normal. Be kind to yourselves. If you find your student struggling with a topic, it’s ok to switch gears. Take a break and work on something that sparks their interest and then revisit it. Remember that every student’s learning journey is different.
Sacramento Public Library has a wealth of homework help resources. Connect with a live tutor in English and Spanish who can help with a variety of subjects including math, English, history and more.
Tracy Humphrey from ABC 10 with K-12 Educational Specialist Amanda
Everyday Learning Tip #1: Sing together
Singing slows down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words. Have some fun and make it a karaoke night. Pull up the lyrics to your favorite songs and sing along. Seeing words and singing them at the same time is a fun way to develop vocabulary.
Tracy Humphrey from ABC 10 with Early Learning and Development Manager Donna
About Fortune School
Fortune School is a network of tuition-free charter public schools focused on closing the African American achievement gap. Students are accepted regardless of background or academic record during the open enrollment period, and on a first-come, first-served basis thereafter. Learn more about Fortune School.