Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Child's Reading Ability
Tips on to helping your children become more effective readers
  1. Set aside a regular time to read to your children every day.
  2. Surround your children with reading material.
  3. Have a family reading time.
  4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities.
  5. Develop the library habit.
  6. Be knowledgeable about your children's progress.
  7. Look for reading problems.
  8. Get help promptly for reading problems.
  9. Use a variety of aids to help your children.
  10. Show enthusiasm for your children's reading.

Encouraging Your Children to Read
The links below will take you to sites that provide great suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading. Check back often - we'll keep adding and modifying the list of suggested links.

20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading

Children Who Can Read, But Don't
Tips for Reading Aloud with Elementary School Children

Books & Reading, from Scholastic Parents, Home of Parent & Child Magazine
Choosing Books for a Reluctant Reader
Children’s Literature Web Guide
A general guide to what is on the web for Children's literature. From finding author sites, to award books to online book discussion groups you should be able to find it here.

Best Children’s
This website is created by teachers and general public. It's a good source if your looking for books by subject or level.

Dealing with Tragic Events
Fred Rogers Talks about tragic events in the news -

PBS Parents: Talking with Kids about the news -

National Association of School Psycologists: Talking to kids about violence -


Helping Kids Deal with Bullying (from Kids Health)

Bullying (Great Schools Parenting Dilemmas)

Bullying: Help your child handle a bully (from Mayo Clinic)

Teen Bullying: What Parents Can Do (an article)

Stop Cyberbullying

The Bully Project

Helping with Homework

Virtual Middle School Library
Lots of links on this page, to sites that will help you with general education information, or with specific subject areas, like Math, Language Arts, Science, etc.
Family Education
This site is packed with 'back-to-school' information - and it goes beyond homework help (although there is a great homework section here...)
The main back-to-school page includes links on getting ready for school, back-to-school safety, 'what parents need to know this school year', and even breakfast and lunch ideas and recipes.
TLS Books Free Worksheets
Need a little more help with school work or wishing to educationally occupy your kids then this site is full of free educational worksheets for PreK to Grade 5.
Scholastic School Success
Tips from scholastic to help your kids succeed in school from PreK to grade 8

Parenting Tips
The home website for Parenting and Babytalk magazines.

Health and Parenting Center
This site from WebMD covers popular hot topics in parenting and health, popular searches as well as access to their online parenting community.
Home website to Parents magazine

Planned Parenthood - Tools for Parents
Great source for tips on talking to children about growing up

Internet Safety
On Guard Online - this site from the federal government provides tips for parents for navigation online safety including talking with your kids.

NetSmartz - this site created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links for parents, educators, law enforcement to find information for internet safety. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids.

Cybersmart - this website created by the Australian government is great for resources and advice about being online safely for all ages.

FBI’s Parent Guide to Internet Safety - this is a direct link to the FBI's informational pamphlet to online exploitation and the risks to your children.