Rachel Kelly shares tips for elementary students

If you’re cooped up at home with schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ogden elementary teacher Rachel Kelly’s advice is to “read, read, read!”

Students can work to improve their skills with parents’ help at home. And parents can play an instrumental role in making sure no time is lost this spring in educating their children.

“Read to your kids. These should be books that are a little above their reading level, and have a conversation about them. Students can then draw a picture about the story or even rewrite the ending,” Kelly said.

Your kids may also enjoy listening to reading by watching videos online of books being read.

And kids can do independent reading, or read to you.

“These books should be at their reading level, letting them have a choice in the book,” Kelly said. “Having them read to you or a family member requires them to read out loud, helping them become fluent readers.”

Shared reading is another option.

“Take turns reading back and forth with your child,” Kelly said. “This allows them to hear a fluent reader as well as hear themselves.”

For another fun activity, let kids write their own stories.

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