Do you read what your kids are reading at school?
My son is in middle school (6th grade) and I'm trying to read the same books he is reading for school. He has a book he is reading as a class and then he has to read a certain amount of books every quarter (self selected ) and take an on-line test for each of those books. That is part of his language arts grade as well. It's easier for me to help him with his language arts homework if I have some context.