Building literacy in your children is one of the easiest ways to improve school performance. Studies show that children who have stronger reading skills are able to process lesson more efficiently and ultimately do better in class. Literacy should start from birth, but it’s never too late to work with your child to build their skills. Grade school age children are the perfect sponges for new information and methods of learning. Taking time to read to and with your child at this stage will help them build vocabulary, attention skills, and increase their creativity.

Second Graders

At this age, picture books should still be a part of the child’s library but the number of picture books should be reduced in favor of simple chapter books, large print illustrated novels and educational magazines for children. Children by now will have shown a particular interest in certain subjects or styles of writing, choosing educational content that aligns with their interest is a great way to encourage additional literacy in a fun way.

It’s never too early to introduce biographies, teaching a child about important people in history is a good way to connect them to the larger world as well as motivate them to excel in their studies. Book of riddles are a great way to teach critical thinking without removing the entertainment part of the learning process, jokes are also a good way to introduce new words into their vocabulary and make them laugh at the same time.

The mind of a second grader is naturally adventurous, introducing mysteries helps children seek and infer correct assumptions. This skill can later help them in mathematical concepts as well as in science. Reading with your child is still a good way to bond and assure that they understand what they are reading. Encouraging independent study is also important to create the building blocks of good study habits and educational responsibility.

After you are done reading a book, or chapter of a book with your child, do a small question and answer session. Asking children about the stories or information they read will help to revive the story and cement the information in their memory. Make sure you ask questions that are easy enough to answer, but hard enough that they can’t be answered with a simple yes or no. It’s common that there will be some passages that are hard to understand at this age, encourage your child to express any confusion while reinforcing that it’s normal to not understand everything.

Second graders can assimilate a lot of information in a short amount of time; this makes it easy for parent to introduce new concepts on a regular basis. Repetition is still the best way to teach new skills, but adding extra concepts to your regular routine will help build a smarter child.

Homework is pretty regular during second grade, sit with your child while they work on their assignments, but only assist if they are unable to understand certain sections. Parents have a strong desire to correct without giving the child a chance to self-improve. This can lead to a sort of dependency on parents when dealing with educational task.