Reading at home is important

Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reading and literacy are a major focus in our schools, especially in the primary (PK – 3) grades. Reading at home can make a positive difference for students as they are learning to read. Here are a few ideas parents and others can do at home that will help our younger students continue to develop and improve their literacy skills:

1) Use the five finger rule to help children choose a book that is at an appropriate reading level. Open the book to any page and ask your child to read the page to you. Put up one finger each time your child does not know a word. If all five fingers are up before the end of the page, the book may be too hard for your child.

2) Help your child locate books that match their interests.

3) Keep plenty of reading materials in your home including books, magazines, comic books, newspapers, and brochures.

4) Integrate reading into your daily family activities by reading bedtime stories, recipe cards, shopping lists, and cookbooks with your child.

5) Create a comfy reading space in your home that includes pillows, lamps, and reading materials.

6) Play board games that involve reading such as Trivial Pursuit.

7) Visit the Huber Heights Library on a regular basis. If your child does not have a library card, consider allowing them to get their own card.

8) Make sure your children see you reading. Children that see adults reading and enjoying reading are more likely to want to read themselves.

Practice makes perfect and children that practice their reading skills at home on a regular basis will become better readers. Becoming a good reader will help children do better in their other subjects, not just reading. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at

Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at