Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Children’s Reading Skills
Your children’s reading skill is probably the most important educational skill they will need. Without this solid skill your child will likely fall behind in other subjects and lose interest in education. There are a few tips that will help your child improve their skill, no matter what level they are at. Above all, remember that you know your child best and you know what will work for them.
1. Read as a family every night.
It’s never to early to read bedtime stories to your child. Young children will learn that books are relaxing and a fun pastime. Toddlers will begin to pick up on phonetic sounds. If you child is school aged and able to read to themselves, let them. Set aside a time each evening for spending time with books. Always have on hand a wide variety of children’s books for them to choose from.
2. Engage your children in books.
When children are young, it is easy to read to them and keep them engaged. As they grow older and read to themselves, you still need to engage them. Ask them about the book they have read each day. Ask open ended questions such as explaining the character or having them suggest a different ending.
3. Read everything.
Your child doesn’t have to read long classical books to improve their reading. Mix it up a little to keep things fresh. Offer them the comic section of your newspaper, subscribe to children’s magazines. Keep reading fun and fresh.
4. Know your librarian.
Children who regularly visit their local library are more apt to become better readers. Libraries are also easy on your wallet, not a bad side perk. Not only will borrowing children’s books from the library teach your children responsibility, it will allow a continual rotation of new books. Become involved in your library’s programs. Many will offer story hours for toddlers and night activities in the evenings for school aged children. Don’t forget about their summer programs, children enjoy aiming for prizes and it will keep their skills up to par during summer vacation.
5. Be proactive.
Know as a parent what level your child should be at. Books are quite often separated by age group and levels, this can help guide you on your child’s progress. Ask your child’s teacher about scores and how your child is doing for his age.
6. Set an example.
If you want your children to be good readers, you should be one as well. Let your children see you with a book, check books out at the library for yourself. Be enthusiastic about what you read, your children will follow suit.
7. Use media.
Tapes, movies, computer games and video games all offer other avenues to improve skills. This will allow your children to have fun and actively engage themselves.
8. Watch for problems from the start.
Quite often, in some children, problems are not noticed until much later. While the problem can be solved through extra tutoring, it can be a long process. If you are able to catch problems early on, your child will have a much smoother time. Watch how they sound out words and construct sentences.
9. Health Matters.
Make sure your children have ample amount of sleep each night. Also make sure that they have a healthy diet and physical activities each day. A child who is tired or unhealthy will have a hard time focusing on a book.
10. Praise often.
No matter what level your child is at, praise them for every small achievement. Make them feel that their skills are valuable and remind them of their progress. This will continue to encourage the child.