Students who are not
enrolled in the YMCA program must NOT arrive to school
before 7:30 a.m. (We do not have supervision until 7:30 a.m.)
STUDENTS ARE NOT TO GO OUTSIDE THE BUILDING
AS NO SUPERVISION IS
PROVIDED. STUDENTS ARE NOT
PERMITTED TO WALK OR CROSS THE CAFETERIA DRIVEWAY AND
breakfast at school should NOT arrive before 7:30
a.m. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Students are to report to the cafeteria for breakfast.
in the YMCA program must NOT report to school before
7:00 a.m. The YMCA offers a fee based morning supervision
program in the cafeteria beginning at 7:00 a.m.
and 5th graders will report to the
cafeteria upon arrival (The teacher’s name will be posted on
a table and students should sit quietly at their assigned
table.) Adult supervision will be provided.
and 4th graders will report to the P.E. shelter
upon arrival (7:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.). Adult supervision will
first graders should wait by their classrooms.
personnel will monitor the 7th Avenue pick
up/drop off area.
at 8:30 a.m. or after are considered tardy. Classroom doors
will be locked at the 8:35 a.m. bell.
Tardy students must wait at the
main office in order to pick up a tardy slip before being
allowed into their classroom.
Pre-kindergarten through grade one students
must be picked-up promptly by parents, private bus or
walking home in groups at 1:50 p.m.; grades two through five
students at 3:05 p.m. each day. On Wednesday, all students
are dismissed at 1:50 p.m.
Supervision is not provided after school except in the YMCA
Students who stay
after school upon the request of a teacher or are serving a
detention, must have transportation arranged in advanced.
NO CHILD should wait for a ride home.
The YMCA sponsors
an after school care program in our cafeteria from 1:50 p.m.
to 6:00 p.m. each school day. If you are in need of after
school child care, please see our school site director in
the cafeteria at 1:50 p.m. each day. If you need additional
information, please call the YMCA office at (305) 825-9622
before 2:00 p.m. or at (305) 693-8623 after 2:30 p.m.
If your child rides a private bus, be sure that the bus driver
is not dropping students off at school before 7:30 a.m. Please
be sure your child is not being left after dismissal to wait for
a second or third ride, as supervision is NOT provided
after school except in the YMCA After School Care program.
We are urging parents to cooperate in following guidelines in
order to protect your child’s safe arrival to and dismissal from
It is most important for students to attend school daily.
Please schedule dental and doctors’ appointments outside of
school hours. Do not allow your child to miss school unless
he/she is really sick. Remember that we can’t teach your
child unless he/she is in school. Rainy or cool mornings are
not a reason to be absent from school. The following are
considered excused school absences: a. Student illness. b.
Medical appointment. c. Death in the family. d. Observance of
a religious holiday or service observed. e. School-sponsored
event or activity previously approved. Any absence that does
not fall into one of the above excused absence categories is to
be considered unexcused. All unexcused absences will result in
a failing grade being issued for the day(s) in question. A
student accumulating five (5) or more unexcused absences during
each semester will be subject to the withholding of passing
final semester grades.
If your child is sick and needs to be absent, you must
send a note the day he or she returns to school stating
the reason for the absence. The note must be given to his/her
Please encourage and help your child to be on time. Punctuality
must be learned early in order to become a
habit. However, if for any reason your child is late, have
him/her stop at the main office and get a tardy pass in order to
be admitted to class. Teachers lock their doors promptly at 8:35
a.m. If your child is continuously tardy, the time will have to
be made up after school.
are absent from school, tardy and/or leave school before the end
of the school day miss teacher instruction, oral activities,
class participation, homework assignments and time to work on
computer programs. This lost school time cannot be made up.
However, these students
will be required to make–up all missed classroom and homework
assignments. A reasonable amount of time will be given students
to make–up missed work. Teachers will record in the grade book
a 0 for work not made–up or incomplete and will be required to
lower report card grades by one letter grade in the subjects
missed. Students who are frequently
absent cannot be on the honor roll.
The Miami-Dade County State attorney’s office and the Miami-Dade
County Public Schools have created a Truancy Intervention
Program (T.I.P.). Flamingo Elementary School has been
participating in this program since the 1997-1998 school year.
This program is designed to identify truancy at its earliest
stages, and monitor and enforce Florida’s mandatory school
attendance laws. After five (5) unexcused absences a child’s
school records will be subpoenaed by the Miami-Dade County State
Attorney’s Office for review. If this review indicates a
need for intervention, a mandatory meeting will be held with the
parents, administrative staff and social service personnel and a
representative from the State Attorney’s Office in an attempt to
remedy the circumstances causing the child’s truancy.
Keep in mind
that M-DCPS School Board Policy addresses
absenteeism. Students who accrue 10 or more unexcused
absences for the year can be retained. Students who miss a
lot of school time with excused absences, arriving late or
leaving early can also be retained unless all class and homework
is made up and the student performs at a passing level on tests
and demonstrates mastery of the Sunshine State Standards.
The school cafeteria provides breakfast and lunch for the
students. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Free or reduced price lunches are available to families who
qualify according to federal guidelines based upon income.
Applications will be sent home on the first day of school.
Breakfast and/or lunches should be paid in advance on the first
day of the school week. If unable to make the payment in
person, please send the lunch money to the teacher in a sealed
envelope with the child’s name and room number on the outside of
the envelope. Cards are prepared by the cafeteria
manager and children are not charged when absent. We have
limited seating space in the cafeteria.
Parents are not permitted to eat lunch with their
child or remain in the cafeteria unless authorized by the
Principal. Please remember to report to the office and obtain a
visitor’s pass before you go anywhere in the school.
Our staff has voice mail to receive telephone messages. If you
need to contact our teachers, see the voice mailbox roster.
Special bulletins will be sent home from time to time. They
will tell you about school activities, events, and special
dates. For more information about our school, our mission,
programs, initiatives and links to educational sites, please
access the school’s website at
Parents whom have complaints should be directed to the
and resolved by the personnel at the school. The first thing to
do is to discuss the concerns with the teacher. Many times, you
will find that a misunderstanding is simply a lack of
communication and you can resolve the matter by sitting down and
talking it out. If there still appears to be a problem, the
next step is to request an appointment with the assistant
principal or the principal.
Parent - teacher conferences are an important part of our school
program. Please keep in close touch with your child’s teacher
concerning his/her progress. Call the school office at 691-5531
or write a note to schedule a conference with your child's
teacher. You may also leave a telephone message in the
teacher’s voice mailbox. (See appendix) They will return your
call. A scheduled conference is important so that the teacher
is available to meet with you. Conferences will not be allowed
during times the teacher is providing instruction to the class.
All parents have the right to send their children to school to
receive an education uninterrupted by unruly students. The
Flamingo Elementary administration and staff intend to protect
your rights, even if it means we may have to resort to
suspension, expulsion or exclusion of students from school. The
Miami - Dade County School Board has authorized the
superintendent of schools and the principal to take disciplinary
action against students who may:
Violate the established code of conduct of a
Possess, use, handle or transmit guns, knives
or other dangerous weapons. Even toy guns, metal nail files
and pocket knives are not permitted at school.
Use any article as a weapon to create threat.
Assault other students or school personnel.
Commit lewd or lascivious acts.
Set fire to, or otherwise vandalize school
Continue to misbehave in a manner that is
detrimental to the educational functions of the school.
While we recognize that most students and parents neither
condone nor participate in the misbehavior outlines, we ask your
cooperation in making certain that your son/daughter understands
the need for responsible behavior. We know that you share our
desire for Flamingo Elementary to be a safe place where each
student can be involved in meaningful learning experiences.
Please review the Student Code of Conduct with
your child. (See appendix)
If it is necessary for your child to leave school before the
regular dismissal time, please report to the main office to sign
a release slip. You must bring a
Teachers may schedule special field
trips for students. All monies for field trips are due 3 days
before the scheduled trip.
Grades K, 1 & 2: 30 minutes of home learning per night
Grades 3 and 4: 40 minutes
of home learning per night
Grades 5 and 6: 60 minutes of home learning per night
In a In addition
to regular home learning, all students are required to read or
to be read to for 30 minutes each day. Reading logs as well as
response journals may also be assigned in addition to regular
All students are
required to read a minimum of 5 books each grading period. A log
of books read for each student will be kept on file in your
child’s reading folder.
Home learning should be neat with papers properly headed with
name, date and subject area.
All home learning
must be for practice and review. Home learning reinforces
skills that the teacher has taught in the classroom.
The following special awards will be issued each grading period
to eligible students.
PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL GUIDELINES-
who earn all "A" grades on their report cards in both academic
subject areas and conduct will be eligible for the Principal’s
Honor Roll and will receive a special ribbon with their report
Students who earn A and B grades or all B grades
on their report cards in both academic subject areas and conduct
will be eligible for the Honor Roll and will receive a special
ribbon with their report card.
have perfect attendance for the nine weeks grading period will
be eligible for a special ribbon that will be issued with their
Students who have excellent conduct (All A’s on
their report card for each nine week grading period) will be
eligible for a special ribbon that will be issued with their
Make arrangements in the event that your child should become ill
at school. Emergency treatment will be provided but the school
cannot be responsible for a sick child all day long, and we are
not allowed to administer medication at school, with a written
doctor’s certificate. Transportation cannot be provided for
If your child is ill, please do not take chances and send him to
school. Allow the child at least 24 hours to recover from
fever. Please be sure that your child’
emergency contact card is complete, accurate, and kept up to
A good instructional program has been planned for your child.
However, each child must assume responsibility for completion of
tasks. We seek your assistance in helping us to see that your
child is meeting his/her responsibilities.
Many personal items are lost by children and never claimed.
Lost items will be kept in the clinic until the end of the
month. Please fell free to come to the office to check the lost
and found for your child’s lost articles.
or Damaged Textbooks
Textbooks are given to all students. The students may check out
additional books from the room collection or library. However,
the classroom teacher or librarian must give permission for book
check out. Damaged or lost books must be paid for by the
students or parents.
Uniform Dress Code
means your child
must wear his or
her uniform to school
Our uniform consists of navy blue pants and/or skirts with
various combinations of navy blue and light blue tops. Female
students may elect to wear a blue plaid skirt or jumper instead.
The school uniform is an important part of our learning
environment here at Flamingo Elementary. Wearing a uniform
promotes learning and safety while it enables us to identify
students who belong to our school. Thank you for your
Capitis (Head Lice)
Head Lice is an on going problem in South Florida and
unfortunately seems to be quite common in schools. Please
understand that children do not catch head lice from the school.
They catch it from other children. Parents should examine their
children’s hair several times a week. Learn what to look for by
checking with the health department. If you feel your child is
infected, please contact the school office at (305) 691-5531
immediately so other parents can be alerted. The office
personnel will also tell you how to treat this condition.
Please mark your child’s clothing and personal belongings.
Names should be placed on all sweaters, coats, lunch boxes,
etc. This will help us in returning lost items. Be sure to use
first and last name. Items such as Electric Devices, cards, etc. should
not be brought to school.
Education Exemption Form
Physical Education is required for all students. If your child
is not able to participate in the program, your doctor must sign
a note. When a child has been ill for a day or so a note from
the parent can be used instead of a doctor’s note.
Each year a photographer will be scheduled to take individual
pictures of students. Parents may elect to purchase pictures by
paying for the pictures in advance. All picture monies are due
at least five days before the scheduled picture-taking day. A
special bulletin will be sent home with additional information.
Report cards are issued every nine weeks.
Failure Notices, Interim - Progress Reports and/or Academic
Improvement Plans are sent home at mid-point in the grading
period. This is to give you an opportunity to have a conference
with your child and his teacher in the effort
In response to the
No Child Left Behind Act,
the Florida Legislature passed Florida Statute 1008.25 regarding
student progression, remedial instruction, and reporting
requirements. It is the intent of this legislation to eliminate
social promotion and ensure that students’ promotion from one
grade to another be determined, in part, upon proficiency in
reading, writing, mathematics, and science and that each student
and his/her parents be informed of that student’s academic
As part of that legislation,
students must participate in the statewide assessment program.
Students who do not meet specific levels of performance in
reading, writing, science, and mathematics for each grade must
be provided with additional diagnostic assessments to determine
the nature of their difficulty and their areas of academic need.
For each student with identified and diagnosed deficiencies, the
teacher will develop an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) in
consultation with the student’s parent or guardian. In addition,
as a method of communicating ongoing progress,
a progress report
will be sent home each grading period prior to report card
Our PTA needs membership. Please
contact the principal, or Mrs. Mercy Towne, our community
involvement specialist, if you are interested in participating
in the PTA.
It is very difficult for some children to get home at dismissal
time when raining.
PLEASE MAKE DEFINITE PLANS FOR YOUR CHILD TO GET
HOME ON RAINY DAYS.
No office phone calls for rainy weather plans will be
permitted. Children will only be permitted to use the phone for
to and from School
All children are expected to use good safety
habits to and from school. Please review the following
safety rules with your children:
Look both ways before crossing streets.
Cross at corners - use crosswalks
Use pedestrian light on LeJeune Road.
Do not cut through the parking lot.
Watch for cars pulling into parking lot.
Walk - do not run - in crowded areas.
Walk bicycles on school grounds.
If people in cars
ask for directions, answer from the sidewalk, never approach
an unknown car.
Travel to and from school with friends. Go
directly home at dismissal.
Cooperate with the school safety patrols.
They are there for your safety.
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade -
8:20 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Second through Fifth Grade - 8:35 a.m. - 3:05
Wednesday (all students dismiss at the same time)
- 1:50 p.m.
The first bell rings at 8:20 a.m. The tardy bell rings promptly
at 8:40 a.m. Pupils should not report to school before 7:30
a.m. since there is no supervision before this time. The
breakfast program begins at 7:30 a.m. and the fee-based YMCA
morning supervision program begins at 7:00 a.m.
Students are to go home immediately after dismissal time.
Arrangements must be made to pick up students who are dismissed
at 1:50 p.m. K-1 students are not permitted to
wait for the dismissal of older brothers and sisters. It is
unsafe. Students who wait disturb classes still in session.
Parents must pick up students at dismissal, arrange
transportation or enroll students in after school care (YMCA).
Bright Park behind the school has a supervised fee – based after
Our school consists of about 850 students and
100 adults who work together daily. It is our wish to
create an atmosphere that is friendly, cooperative and
conducive to learning. Since certain understandings are
necessary to achieve this atmosphere as well as to protect
the health and safety of our students, we have established
the following school rules:
Cooperation, self control and
respect for adults and other students is expected at all
Obey all adults and respect the safety
Walk on sidewalks, cross at pedestrian
signals or at cross walks at all times.
Do not ride bikes on school grounds. Do not
Pupils should arrive at school no earlier
than 7:30 a.m. unless they are participating in the YMCA
program, which starts at 7:00 a.m.
There is to be no
running in the building.
Do not bring
toys of any kind to school. No radios, walkman, or beepers
No hardballs, knives, guns or slingshots are
permitted on the school grounds at any time.
Do not throw rocks or any other objects.
Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the
building or on the grounds.
Fighting or play wrestling is not allowed at
Do not leave your classroom without a pass
from your teacher.
Chewing gum, sodas and glass containers are
Only money for lunch and special events is to
be brought to school.
Students either bring lunch or buy lunch in
the school cafeteria (no money is loaned by the office).
Shoes must be worn to school. Metal taps on
shoes are not permitted.
The use of profanity or name-calling is
Should you observe anyone abusing any student
or the school, it is your responsibility to report
the incident to the office, your parents or the police.
Do not write on or deface school property,
buildings, walls, desks, books, etc. (special attention to
Each time a pupil is absent, he
is required to bring written excuse from his parents.
Hair combs or brushes may be brought to
school but should be kept in the pocket and used only
in the bathroom.
Hats are not to be worn in the building.
No valuables are to be brought to school. We
will not be responsible for jewelry or other expensive items
if they are lost or stolen.
We will exert every effort to provide effective practice in good
citizenship and character education. Students will be asked to
remain after school if the school feels it is necessary for
disciplinary reasons. Parents will be notified if
unsatisfactory behavior persists.
Parents who have free time are requested to
volunteer their time to help students in the classroom. Some
activities that parents can assist teachers with include
flashing word/math cards, listening to students read aloud,
reading stories to the class, taking small groups to the library
to select books and many other activities. PARENTS, WE NEED
YOUR HELP. Come to the office anytime during the school year if
you are able to be a volunteer and complete a volunteer
application. Please be reminded that you will not be able to
assist in the school or chaperone a school field trip unless you
have completed in advance a volunteer application and received a
parents are not aware that the school provides the services of
an onsite school counselor and a school psychologist. Usually
their services are initiated by a recommendation from your
child’s teacher but it may also be by parent request.
Students in PK, K and 1 will use paper supplied by the school.
Students in grades 2-5 must have a loose-leaf notebook and
dividers for each subject (Reading, Math, Language Arts, Social
Studies, and Science) or individual spiral notebooks for each
subject. Your child’s teacher according to his/her grade level
needs will request other supplies.
Students will keep graded papers in their notebook. These papers
will demonstrate the competencies that your child has achieved
in school. The notebooks should be labeled with the child’s
name and room number. Students in grades 3-5 must supply their
notebook paper. Student must have adequate supplies to work with
A student work folder is kept for
each child. Samples of the child’s work and progress are kept
in the folder. Your child’s teacher will share the content of
the work folder with you during a conference.
We are sorry, but we cannot accept
teacher requests, as it is an overwhelming task to organize our
classes. Since our children are grouped heterogeneously and in
self-contained ESOL classes, there are many factors to consider
other than parental requests. All Flamingo teachers are
competent professionals, licensed by the state, and qualified to
Parent’s Access to School Records.
Family Rights and Privacy Act
became a Federal law in November 1974. The
intent of this law is to protect the accuracy and privacy of
student educational records. Without you prior consent,
only you and authorized individual having legitimate
educational interest will have access to your child’s
educational records. In special instances, you may waive
this right of access to allow other agencies working with
your child to have access to those records.
You may have an appointment to inspect and
review your child’s records. The appointment may be made in
person or by telephoning the school at (305) 691-5531. Upon
review of the records, if you have reason to believe that
any information contained therein is inaccurate, misleading,
or inappropriate, you may have the right to challenge that
If there is agreement, the necessary steps to
amend or correct the information contained in the record
will be taken. If agreement is not reached, a hearing will
be scheduled. The hearing will provide you with the
opportunity to present your views and reasons for the
challenge. You may bring with you at your expense, any
individual who may be of assistance. Following the hearing,
should there be a failure to reach an agreement, you have
the right to appeal the decision to the Access Center. In
the event that your appeal fails at any level of the hearing
procedure, you have the right to have entered into the
record a statement of the issue as you see it.
The rights pertaining to access and challenge
described herein are transferred to your child upon the
attainment of his/her 18th birthday or admission to an
institution of post secondary education, unless limited by
Directory information, which includes name,
address, telephone listing, date and place of birth; dates
of attendance; major field or study; participation in
officially recognized activities and sports; weight and most
recent previous educational agency or institution attended,
may be released unless you make a written request within
twenty (20) days of receipt of this letter to the contrary.
This information will be released only in accordance with
the guidelines established by the Miami - Dade County Public
You have the right to file a complaint with
the Family Rights and Privacy Act Office, Department of HEW,
Washington, D.C. 20201, if you think this school or school
system is not in compliance with the law.
If you have any further questions, please
contact the school office at (305) 691-5531.
The Miami - Dade County School Board adheres
to the provision of the Title IX regulations prohibiting sex
discrimination in education as administered by the office of
Civil Rights of the US Department of Health, Education and
Welfare, specifically, Title IX states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the
basis of sex, be excluded from participating... in be denied the
benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any
education program or activity receiving federal assistance”.
The Title IX regulations generally require that comparable
facilities be provided each sex, prohibits discrimination on
basis of sex in providing access to education course offerings,
extracurricular activities, including campus organizations,
competitive athletics, counseling, use of appraisal and
counseling materials, and employment assistance to students.
The regulations further prohibit discrimination on the basis of
sex in employment, recruitment, compensation, fringe benefits,
job classification and structure, and marital or parental
Questions or concerns regarding compliance with this regulation
should be directed to:
Division of Equal Educational Opportunity and
School Administration Building
1450 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132
Parents are encouraged to visit school to see classes in action.
All parents/visitors must go to the office for a
visitor’s pass before visiting any part of the school. If your
child forgets his lunch, homework, or any item and you find it
necessary to bring them to him/her, please come to the office.
We will see that it is delivered to your child.
Please notify the school office two days before you expect your
child to leave. You will need special transfer papers to enter
your child in another school. Proof of change of address is
required before transfer papers are given. Phone bill, electric
bill, water deposit receipt, or copy of lease or title; rent
receipts are not accepted. Your child’s textbook return slip
must also be presented. You may get it from his/her teacher
upon return of all assigned textbooks.
your Children in School
1. KEEP YOUR
Should the school nurse or doctor inform you that your child has
a health problem, discuss it. He or she can help get the
assistance you need. Seeing, hearing and feeling well are
essential to learning.
2. TALK WITH YOUR
Talk naturally. Don't use baby talk no matter how young the
child is. The more words a child can understand and say, the
easier it will be for him or her to learn to read and to
3. LISTEN TO YOUR
Encourage them to talk about their everyday activities. Make
sure you give them the chance to initiate conversation during
meals and on other suitable occasions. Your children will learn
to express themselves if they know you will give them your
4. PRAISE YOUR CHILDREN
Praise and recognition reinforce learning. Reading, for
example, is enjoyable, but it’s also hard work for children.
They need you support and encouragement. Praise them when they
succeed and help them when they are having problems.
5. BE PATIENT WITH YOUR
Even though you work with them and help them with their
homework, they may make the same mistakes many times. Don't
despair. Some experts say that new learning sometimes requires
more than 15 repetitions before it is absorbed. It’s most
important that you do not become angry or impatient, since
learning cannot take place in a tense atmosphere. If you find
yourself ‘losing you cool,’ just stop and do something else for
6. AVOID COMPARING YOUR
Each child is unique. Some children learn faster than others.
If you children seem to be moving at a slow rate, don't blame
them or worry about it. It’s too early to make comparisons
anyway; your children may have an untapped reserve of attributes
and talents. Let them know you love them for what they are and
that you will continue to love them no matter how they do in
7. SET THE STAGE FOR
GOOD HOME LEARNING HABITS
Try to provide a quiet, well-lighted place for study, and make
sure there is room for books, dictionaries, papers, pens,
pencils and other home learning tools.
8. SCHEDULE HOME STUDY
ON A REGULAR BASIS
To succeed in school many children need a regular study time
each night, free of interruptions and distractions. If your
children are not given a home learning assignment, this
scheduled time can be used for review, reading for pleasure or
some type of family or learning activity. It’s a good idea to
provide each of your children with a notebook so that they will
always know exactly what the assignments are. This notebook
will also serve as a written record of all assignments and will
help to organize review and study of previous materials.
9. SET A BEDTIME AND
STICK TO IT!
Learning is hard work and requires full use of all faculties.
Your children will be in the proper frame of mind and otherwise
ready for learning only if they report to school each morning
10. SEE THAT YOUR
CHILDREN’S SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS EXCELLENT
When children miss school, they miss the presentation of new
information or the mastery of a difficult concept. Once they
fall behind their group, it’s especially hard to catch up. Some
children can never quite adjust after frequent or extended
absences from school.
11. KNOW EXACTLY HOW
YOUR CHILDREN ARE DOING IN SCHOOL
If you find out that they are having academic or other problems,
don’t wait to be contacted by the school. Take the initiative
by making an appointment to talk it over with the teacher. If
you can’t get to school, send a note asking the teacher to
contact you by telephone. Find out how you can help. Perhaps
you can provide information about your children and family that
will help school personnel respond with greater understanding to
your child’s situation.
12. MAKE FAMILY
Mealtime can provide the ideal setting for talking together,
sharing events of the day and discussing individual problems and
aspirations. In a relaxed, family atmosphere, youngsters have a
chance to test their debating skills in friendly arguments and
to talk out their differences of opinion. Such discussions will
help develop your children’s self-confidence and encourage them
to speak up in the classroom. Don’t allow TV to interfere with
this perfect opportunity for family communication.
13. MAKE TELEVISION YOUR
SERVANT, NOT YOUR MASTER
Children learn a lot from television both good and bad. Help
them choose appropriate programs to watch. Then watch with them
and, afterwards, discuss what you’ve seen. This approach to
television can help your children develop new interests that you
can encourage them to read about. One system for choosing
programs carefully is to get the family together once a week to
consider the television listings. Go over the listings as you
would a restaurant menu. (In a restaurant you wouldn’t order
just anything!) By choosing carefully in advance, you’ll help
your children to form the habit of considering television as
only one of many entertainment/learning tools available, and
you’ll give them a valuable thinking and decision- making
14. TAKE YOUR CHILDREN
Visits to nature and science centers, art museums, train
stations, airports, farms, factories, shipyards, supermarkets,
pet shops and so on, will help broaden their experiences. Such
diverse activities are vital in readying young children for
15. READ WITH YOUR
It’s a rare child who is not delighted to be read to by a parent
or older friend, but it’s important to read with you children,
not only to read. Not long ago, a young teacher was trying to
read a book to a small group of five-year-olds. The children
kept interrupting with questions and comments, frequently
turning back a page or two and saying such things as, “let me
see the lion again” and “see the mouse with the hat?”
Finally, the teacher said in an angry tone, “Do you want me to
read this story or not? If so, hush!” The teacher’s scolding
kept her students quiet, but from that point on the youngsters
were spectators of the reading process, not participants in it.
The experience lost its excitement and the story wasn’t personal
anymore. It was just ink on paper.
As irritating as interruptions can sometimes become, it’s
important to remember that children’s comments during a story
signal that they are making connections between new material and
something they already know the essence of the learning
process. So, read with your children and welcome interruptions,
they tell you that your are doing your job well.
16. HELP YOUR CHILDREN READ
If your children are beginning readers, tell them the words they
can’t yet read so they can move along and maintain interest.
Later, you can assist them in figuring out the harder words for
17. HAVE YOUR CHILDREN
READ TO YOU
Encourage them to read a story to themselves before they read it
to you. This practice will help give them confidence and a
greater understanding of what they have read. It will also make
the story more interesting to them.
18. LISTEN AS YOUR
CHILDREN TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE READ
Reading is not reading unless it’s accompanied by
understanding. Therefore, where your child shows understanding
by wanting to tell you about what he/she has read, it’s
extremely important to show you are interested.
19. PROVIDE A WIDE
VARIETY OF READING MATERIALS IN YOUR HOME
Children learn by example rather then by precept. If you have
books, magazines and newspapers readily available and in use,
your children will see that reading is a source of pleasure and
information. It is infinitely more effective for your children
to see you reading often than it is for you to tell them to
20. GIVE YOUR CHILDREN
BOOKS AS BIRTHDAY OR HOLIDAY GIFTS
Children who have books they can call their very own are
motivated toward reading. The arrival of books mailed directly
to your children with their names on the labels or cartons
provides a strong inducement for reading.
21. TEMPT YOUR CHILDREN
For a number of young readers, there is something formidable
about hard cover books, for them, paperbacks are much more
attractive. Also because paperbacks are less costly, you can
provide many more and a greater variety.
22. INTRIGUE YOUR
CHILDREN WITH THEIR OWN MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS
Few youngsters even those not keen on the idea of reading
anything at all can resist the arrival in the mail of their
magazine. Reluctant readers suddenly find themselves pouring
over instructions for easy do it yourself projects, riddles,
puzzles and stories. Before they know they’re “hooked” on
reading, anxiously awaiting the next issues of their magazine.
23. GET YOUR CHILDREN
INTERESTED IN DAILY NEWSPAPERS
The writing communicates a sense of vitality and immediacy that
piques children’s interest. Clip articles that will appeal to
them. Also, point out that newspaper advertisements provide a
service for the consumer, whatever his/her age. Encourage the
children to read ads in the newspaper and specifically in
“their” magazines for products that interest them.
24. JOIN AND USE THE
FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Take your children to the library. Help them get their own
books. Ask the
Librarian to suggest good books to suit you children’s ages and
25. ENCOURAGE A WIDE
VARIETY OF READING EXPERIENCES
The fact that children read is sometimes more important than
what they read. For example:
Kitchen Reading: Labels on food cans and boxes can make
interesting reading. The contest and free gifts advertised on
labels are strong reading motivators. Reading these labels can
also lead to writing contest entry letters or filling out forms
for free merchandise.
Medicine Cabinet Reading: Labels on jars, bottles and boxes
found in the bathroom (excluding dangerous medicines and
poisons, of course), can be just as interesting as those found
in the kitchen and may also include contests and special