We know you understand the benefits of reading a daily newspaper. Have you thought about how you can use that very same paper to help your child? We want to show you some simple ways to use the Sentinel you get at home to help your children read better and learn more about the world around them.

Why Would I Use the Sentinel With My Child?
  1. There is something of interest in the Sentinel for everyone. Whether it is sports, comics, lifestyle, or the puzzles, you can find something to interest the most reluctant readers.
  2. Research has shown that students who read a daily paper do 15-20% better on standardized tests!
  3. The Sentinel is inexpensive, hands-on, and easy-to-use.
  4. The Sentinel has up-to-date, real-world events.
  5. The Sentinel is a school board-approved resource. Many of your teachers are using it to enhance their teaching because they know students like it.
  6. It opens up lines of communication.
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Tips On Using the Sentinel With Your Child
  • Each day start by looking through the paper together; watch to see what interests your child.
  • If you are uncomfortable with some of the stories, read the paper first, and show your child only what you want him/her to see or learn about. You can always cut out articles and stories for them to read.
  • Point out the different sections of the Sentinel, explaining what they are for.
  • Make it fun, not more work!
Scavenger Hunt! (all ages)

With your child, find the following items in the Sentinel:

  • Something you’d like to wear
  • A place you would like to go with your family
  • A person who looks happy
  • A positive word that describes you
  • A picture or story about someone you would like to meet in person
  • A recipe you would like to try
  • A story about someone doing good in your community
  • The weather report for tomorrow
  • Something you would really like to own
  • A comic strip or comic character you like best

As you are searching for these items, talk to each other about why you are making these choices. You can also make up your own scavenger hunt to match your child’s abilities. Younger students can search for pictures, or simple letters, or names. Older students can find vocabulary words, predict what a headline means, explain a graph or editorial cartoon out loud.

Headline Fun!

(K-5) Select a letter from one of the bigger headlines on the front page. With your child, circle the letter each time it appears again in a headline on that page.

Picture This!

(K-8) With your child, choose a photo or drawing in the Sentinel that interests him/her. Ask your child to tell you a story about what might be happening in the picture. (Write down the story for your young student; have older ones write their own).

On the Ground, In the Air, On the Water!

(K-5) Find pictures of things that move on the ground, in the air, or on the water. Cut out the items you find, and paste them on three pieces of paper labeled “ground”, “air”, and “water”.


(4-12) Find as many logos as you can throughout the pages of the Sentinel. Who found the most?

Main Section:

(K-5) Have young students find all the letters of the alphabet on the front page. Circle them with a crayon or marker.

(6-12) Show only a headline and picture with a caption (cutline) to your child. Let them predict what the story will be about. Then read it together to see how closely he/she came.

Local Section:

(6-12) Locate an article in today’s Local section which tells a story about positive change in our community.

What was changed? What are/will be the results of the change(s)? Who is responsible for these positive steps? Write a short summary.

Sports Section:

(K-5) Count how many different sports are mentioned in today’s paper. What are they? Discuss which is your favorite and why.

(6-12) Make a list of all the sports team names you can find. How many are named after animals?

• Ask why teams are named what they are. For example, why is the pro-football team in Pittsburgh called the “Steelers?” Why the Miami “Dolphins?” The Tennessee “Volunteers” etc.? Older students can research the answers.
• Look up the locations of your favorite teams on a globe or map.
• Read aloud a sports story that interests your student.

Your Money Section:

(6-12) Look at the Weather Map on the back page of the YOUR MONEY section. What is the temperature in Dallas? In San Francisco? In Beijing? In Moscow? How do they compare with where you live?

• Find today’s coldest and warmest locations. Look them up on a map.
• Find the temperature in an American city; find a similar temperature in a foreign city. Why are they the same?

(K-5) Check out the comics. Ask your child what his favorite character is and why. Read the comic out loud.

• Cut out each panel of a comic strip with more than one panel. Mix them up and let your child put them in correct order.
• Count the number of square panels, rectangular panels, circles, etc.
• Count how many men and boys, women and girls, and animals appear in the comics.