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Children's Health Author: Staff Editor Last Updated: Nov 29, 2012 - 7:11:02 AM

Preparing Your Child For Success In The Classroom

By Staff Editor
Oct 13, 2012 - 10:14:10 AM

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( - Studies show that proficient reading skills are crucial to academic success. Yet two-thirds of eighth graders do not read at the “proficient” level, according to the 2011 Nation’s Report Card, a report commissioned by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

“Building a literacy-rich environment at home can truly build lifelong readers and lead to success in school and in life,” said Francie Alexander, chief academic officer at Scholastic. “Reading at home is a great way for families to take time out of doing ‘homework’ and turn reading into ‘homefun.’ “

Parents can help prepare their children for success in the classroom by following a few tips on how to encourage reading outside of school every day:

Make reading a social event: Family book clubs can be a great way to turn reading into a social activity while incorporating family and friends.

Let your kids have a say: Let kids choose which books they want to read. Nine out of 10 children say they are more likely to finish books they choose themselves, according to Scholastic’s 2010 Kids & Family Reading Report.

Start the day right: Breakfast can help kids boost their academic performance by increasing their focus. Before heading out the door for school, have a complete breakfast. Cereal, fruit and milk is a convenient option that kids love.

Turn reading into a fun family experience: Add fun to reading by having an animated, read-out-loud session during an afterschool break with snacks such as Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars or curling up with a great story before bedtime.

Get a great start: Kellogg’s and Scholastic are teaming up to help families get a great start to each and every school day by providing a coupon for free Scholastic books valued up to $5 with the purchase of two specially marked Kellogg’s products at Walmart.

To get a coupon and for full offer details, visit and enter the codes inside participating boxes of Kellogg’s products. The coupon can be redeemed on the Scholastic online store.

To further encourage in-home reading, parents can access free reading resources at as part of Scholastic’s Read Every Day literacy campaign.


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