Mrs. Gina Eckhouse
Interim Principal 
(217) 245-4084

Principal's Corner

How to Build a Language-Rich Home

Good News: Strong language skills can make your youngster a better reader, writer and all-around student.

Great News: You can build those skills just by talking to your child.  Try these ideas.

**Narrative everyday activities like driving or cooking.  Hearing unfamiliar words in conversation will help your youngster understand words in books. "Please hand me the colander so I can drain the spaghetti".  Tip: If he doesn't know the word, explain: "This is a colander.  Water drains through the holes."

**Encourage your child to join family conversations.  Ask him questions to help him expand on his answers.  He will learn to talk about events and give his opinions.

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