In second grade, the words are compound, the stories get more complicated, and the books get longer. 

Tip 1: Try out different voices when you read dialogue. You’ll inject some additional enjoyment into the book, and your child will practice fluency when she reads the same lines over and over in different, silly voices. Some ideas for voices: robot, mouse, bear, lion, pirate, opera singer, country singer.

Tip 2: If your child asks you what a word means, take the opportunity to look it up in the old-fashioned Dictionary, or on They’ll learn how to use a powerful tool, and you can explore the word’s synonyms, antonyms, and other meanings.

Tip 3: Fill baskets of books, magazines, and other reading material in the bathroom, car, and other places where your child will have down time. Make these portable by putting bags of books in the car, then your child can grab one as you head in to any errand that likely involves waiting (doctor’s offices, the dentist, etc).

Tip 4: Second graders love to hear stories about your childhood, when you tell them about your funniest Thanksgiving or your most embarrassing elementary school moment, you’re building vocabulary and modeling how to structure stories.

Additional Resources:

Our friends at Read Charlotte have developed this tool so you can learn home activities that can develop specific reading skills.