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7 Ways To Help Your Child With Reading

May 22, 2018 0 comments

Help you child with reading: Top 7 Ways

Two young girls stand reading from a book outdoors in the sun

Reading is very important for children to learn. It is a basic building block to a future of education. Even after school, they will need to read on a daily basis in their lives and it’s essential they learn to appreciate and understand reading from a young age. Some children take to this naturally, while others are more hesitant. Here are 7 ways to help your child with reading:

1. Model reading love.

“Children take cues from adults,” says Shanna Schwartz, K-2 Senior Lead Staff Developer at TCRWP. “When you grow up surrounded by junk food, you like junk food. When you grow up surrounded by books, you like books.” Annette Uvena, a mom of two reluctant readers, shares her excitement often: “I make sure they see me reading, but I also talk to them about the book. I’ll excitedly point out something that reminds me of the story, because I want them to see that books bring me joy and will bring them joy too.”

2. Help bring books to life.

Finding book-inspired activities to do in real life extends the experience, says Dr. Carlsson-Paige. If your 3-year-old loves The Three Little Pigs, take him to see some piggies in person. Reading about the stars? Head to the planetarium. Or take a bookcation—to London after reading Harry Potter, say, or New York City after reading Stuart Little.

3. Read the book, then watch the movie.

Pick a classic that’s been turned into a movie—Bridge to Terabithia; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—and read it together, a few chapters at a time. When you’re finished, host a family movie night to watch the film version. “It’s a great way to motivate reluctant readers,” says Katie Vaccaro, a grade-school teacher and mother of two.

4. Turn your library visits into adventures.

Lean on librarians—they’re paid to make reading magical for kids. Check in at the front desk before hitting the stacks to see what kind of activities might be going on. Bookmark the website, too, so you can see upcoming events. “Even if you take your kid there for, say, a building project, he’s going to associate the library with fun, and that’s a good thing,” says Droskoski. And be sure to get each of your children a library card. “It will help them take ownership of the reading experience,” she adds. 

5. Ask questions.

This enhances comprehension—and enjoyment. (It’s no fun if they don’t get what’s going on.) “It’s not about grilling, it’s about checking in,” says Dr. Carlsson-Paige. Ask which characters he likes best, what he thinks will happen next, what he would do in that situation. “If you over-focus on letters and sounds at the expense of the story, children aren’t as likely to become good readers,” she explains. “If you’re a good reader, you read fast—you’re not looking at every letter, you’re reading for meaning, which is what fuels the reading process.” 

6. Get a little goofy.

Buy your older readers a headlamp so they can stay up “past bedtime.” It helps remind them that reading is a treat and a privilege—and they’ll feel grown-up. Bonus: You can borrow the headlamp for winter grilling!

7. Give the gift that keeps them reading.

When your child asks about birthday presents, suggest books! Have your kids give them to their friends too, with an inscription that tells the recipient why this book is special for her. “You’re teaching your child that books are a way to connect with others,” says Schwartz. 

What are some ways you help your child to love reading? Leave a comment below!👇👇

Sources:

1.18 Genius Ways to Make Kids Love Reading By Erin Zammett Ruddy from Family Fun, https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/reading/18-genius-ways-to-make-kids-love-reading/

2. HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD LOVE READING by Angela Milnes, https://www.theinspirationedit.com/how-to-help-your-child-love-reading/

 


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