Reading is a fundamental part of a child’s learning development. Kids learn to read at varying levels. Some will pick it up very quickly, while others will have a harder time. No matter how a child progresses in their reading, all children can benefit from a little help.
As parents, we are the first line of reinforcement for reading when a child leaves school. When children come home, parents should be taking a key interest in making sure they are progressing with their reading. So how can we make sure that we are helping our kids? We’ve compiled tips from readingrockets.org to help your child become an outstanding reader.
- Ask them to read aloud – Ask your child to read aloud. They can read something they wrote for school, a book they have at home, the grocery list when you are shopping or even the signs on the road. Be sure to be an enthusiastic listener whenever they are reading.
- Reread a sentence – When your child has sounded out an unfamiliar word, have him or her re-read that sentence. Often kids are so busy figuring out a word they lose the meaning of what they’ve just read.
- Create a book together – Fold pieces of paper in half and staple them to make a book. Ask your child to write sentences on each page and add his or her own illustrations. When he/she is done, have him/her read it.
- Point out relationships between words – Explain how related words have similar spellings and meanings. Show how a word like knowledge, for example, relates to a word like know. This will help your child with reading comprehension.
- Make books special – Turn reading into something special. Take your kids to the library, help them get their own library card, read with them, and buy them books as gifts. Have a favorite place for books in your home or, even better, put books everywhere.
- Use the dictionary – Let your child see you use a dictionary. Say, “Hmm, I’m not sure what that word means… I think I’ll look it up.”
- Get them to read another one – Find ways to encourage your child to pick up another book. Introduce him or her to a series like The Boxcar Children or Harry Potter or to a second book by a favorite author, or ask the librarian for additional suggestion