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NAN: Reading and the School Aged Child

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Reading should be a part of every school aged child’s day. The National Education Association recommends that even once children start school, reading to and with them can help children to do better in school and provide opportunities for adults and children to spend enjoyable time together. 

When children are reading independently, books should be at the child’s reading level. The child’s school teacher, school librarian or the librarian in the children’s room at the public library can help you to identify books that are the appropriate level for the child. Since most school aged children will be asked to read a set number of minutes per day at home, nannies can help to ensure that this home assignment is completed regularly.  

When nannies are reading to children, reading longer books and books that are above the child’s reading level are good choices. During reading times nannies can talk with a child about what happens in the story and encourage the child to make predictions about what may happen next to foster reading comprehension. When reading books that are at the child’s level, nannies can take turns reading with the child, which will provide her with an opportunity to model fluency intonation.

Nannies can also help children discover books on topics they are interested in by visiting the local book store or public library. Browsing books together may help children to discover favorite authors and other titles they may wish to explore. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Reading and the School Aged Child