A child does not just begin to read on his or her own. Reading for children does not happen by miracle when they start going to school. It is a result of the joint efforts of parents and teachers. Many teenagers find it hard to read because their parents ignored this stage in their lives. You must participated in helping your child read and read fluently. As a matter of fact, this is more of your responsibility than that of a teacher. Children learn more at home when they play, listen to their parents or any other family member read, and when they are being taught.
This article contains some tips on how to help your child start reading and to become a frequent and fluent reader. Find them below:
SPEAKING TO YOUR CHILD – You might wonder how this will help them read, but it is actually very fundamental. Speech is one of the foundations of language and so, a child must first learn and know the sounds of language to be able to create them and then attach them to the signs that represent them as progress happens. If you’re wondering what you will say, you can tell them family stories and try to answer the many questions that they ask.
MAKING READING FUN – Kids do not learn unless it is fun. Most of their learning is done through playing. So, you may both find it hard to learn to read if it is not fun. Reading with family could be fun, so you can try it. Adding a little drama and even costumes could spice things up. You can try puppets, replacing the character’s name with your child’s, singing the story and reading stories with repetitive parts.
READ EVERY SINGLE DAY – Consistency is key in teaching a child to read. You must read at least once every day with your child to make it a part of his or her daily routine. Children love routine. When you do it frequently, they will love the process, and also learn that reading is important. It is even more effective if you set aside a particular time of the day solely for reading. When it’s almost time, you will notice the anticipation in your child.
LET YOUR CHILD READ TO YOU – This is almost the only way to monitor your child’s progress in reading. You need to allow the child to practice what you are teaching him or her. So, make sure to listen to your child read once in a while. Don’t try to correct them when they are just starting out, but participate by asking questions and showing interest. Commend and maybe reward their efforts each time they read, so as to encourage them. As time goes by, begin to correct them by pronouncing the words they did not pronounce properly during the reading. Never forget to make it fun.
Other things that you could do to help your child read fluently include being a role model by reading on your own, and talking about books.