Parents often ask how they can help their children learn to read; and it’s no wonder that they’re interested in this essential skill. Reading plays an important role in later school and life success. Make reading a part of your daily life, and kids will learn to love it. Set aside some time when everyone turns off the TV and the web and does nothing but read. Make it fun, too. When your child finishes reading a book that had been made into a film, make popcorn and watch the movie together. The point is to make reading a regular enjoyable part of your family routine.
Read below to find some easy and fun ways to instill a love of literacy for your child.
Read out loud to your kids at any age! Reading to kids exposes them to richer vocabulary than they usually hear from the adults and kids who speak to them, and can have positive impacts on their language later literacy achievement.
Have them tell You a story. One great way is to have them recount an experience or make up a story. They may choose then to write it down or make an illustration about it.
Listen to your child read. When your child brings books home from school, have them read to you. If it doesn’t sound good (mistakes, choppy reading), have them read it again. Or read it to them, and then have them try to read it themselves. Studies show that this kind of repeated oral reading makes students better readers.
Ask Questions. When your child reads, get her to retell the story or information. If it’s a story, ask who it was about and what happened. If it’s an informational text, have your child explain what it was about and how it worked, or what its parts were. Reading involves not just sounding out words, but thinking about and remembering ideas and events. Improving reading comprehension skills early will prepare them for subsequent success in more difficult texts.