Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Read all about it!

{pun intended}

School is just around the corner and I know I don't speak for myself when I say, I want my child as ready as possible for the grade they're entering.

Who wouldn't want their child on the right track to success?!

My kids don't mind reading, but will rarely do it on their own. This poses a problem, since reading is the number one key to learning in school. 

1. Find books that your child is interested in, so it will keep their attention longer. When I child is interested in something, they are more eager to learn. You could start with reading a cook book with a child and having them help make the recipe, read an activity book and do the activity along with them, or read cards for a scavenger hunt and help them find the different objects.

2. Alternate readers to create less stress. Have your child read to you and you read to your child. Don't make them always be the reader. Kids like to listen to the story and often times when they are learning to read, they are so concentrated on the words, they don't always put them together to make the story.

3. Make structure for reading time so your child will know when 'reading time' is. Kids strive off structure, so if they know that there is a 'reading time' every day, they'll know when it is coming. This is also a intimate one on one time that children may look forward to.

4. Pause, prompt, praise are the 3 p's to reading. If your child doesn't know a word, make sure you pause and let them think about it (don't jump in and tell them the word right away)  Prompt them by asking them to sound out the word or ask them what they think the word should be. If they don't get the word after a few prompts, sound out the word with them. Make sure to praise them for either getting the word or for a great job trying.

5. Review the book and ask your child questions about the book. Ask them their favorite part of the book or place them in a part of the book and ask what they would have done. This peaks their interest and also lets them know that you have interest in the book too.

6. Read books and magazines. Kids mimic everything they see and with the technology today, we are reading books less. If your kids see you reading, they are more likely to pick up a book and read too. 

7. Make the book age appropriate so it is the right reading level for your child. A book that is too hard will stress your child and make them angry that they can't read a majority of the words. A book that is too easy, will bore your child and not challenge them.

8. Don't cover the pictures while they are reading. Kids look at the picture when they are struggling on a word, to help the kids and help them gather information. It also helps them understand the story, by putting a picture with the words they are reading.

What do you do to help your child with reading?

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