5 Tips For Parents To Help Their Kids Read

Reading is fun but sometimes young readers struggle with phonics, comprehension or remembering newly learned words.

When this happens the love of reading clouds over and you have a reluctant reader on your hands.

5 Tips To Help Your Kids ReadAll literacy experts agree that reading at home has positive long-term effect on reading achievement and positive attitudes towards reading.

Thinking about creating a book environment with regular relaxed story and learn to read times can help your child overcome their individual reading humps and bumps. It also gives you an opportunity to create a time to connect with your child in a positive way.

Here are five tips to make reading a time to bond, have fun and without your child knowing it, improve their reading skills:

1. Be consistent. Kids thrive on routine. Have two reading routines. One a learn to read sessions earlier in the evening when your child isn’t tired, and a relaxed story time before bed.

Story time is space to relax, chill out and just enjoy the story without the pressure of sounding or remembering words.

Learn to read is time to sound out words, remember words and retell the story. For early readers this can be stressful so keeping the two separate supports the love of and learning to read.

Reading a little every day means the repetition and time your child needs to remember words and sounds gets automated. Have them choose a book and re-read it for the week. With consistent read to learn sessions they get a lot more review and practice. Choose one or two main readers as repetitive texts and add others just for something different.

2. Keep reading time short and sweet. Reading for too long can make some children really restless and once their attention span goes it’s best to finish the session knowing tomorrow is another day.

Start with 5 minute learn to read sessions and see if your child is fully engaged in the process. If they start forgetting words they already know or begin complaining it is time to finish.

After a week or two start adding a few minutes on to the reading time always watching for signs your child needs a break.

3. Choose stories they love. We’ve all seen the readers that are too boring for words. Pick the stories your kids love. Some children love any story that has animals in it, some like fairies and we have the budding sci fi readers who like outer space and rockets and aliens.

Don’t forget the budding poets. Nursery rhymes and funny poems are short, repeat words and create a lot of delight with the rhyming language. Finding a fun book of rhymes is a great way to finish off a read to learn session.

Boring readers are a big turn off because they make reading drag along and we all know what a struggle that is. Take your child to the local library as see what books they gravitate too. The classics of children’s literature has been around for decades simply because the stories are so engaging.

4. Set small reading goals. This is so important for parents especially if you are feeling frustrated and impatient with your child’s progress. Your child’s reading level is where it is so your reading goals for the week need to be attainable and measurable. They may be sounding out the beginning of words, learning three new three letter words this week or sounding our two syllable words.

Once you have your attainable, simple reading goals you are setting up yourself and your child for a series of small wins. This makes an expectant positive atmosphere that makes learning to read a lot more enjoyable.

5. Keep reading time light and fun. Remember not to get too serious. Learning to read is a process that takes time. Sometimes your child will plateau and sometimes they will shoot ahead and just get it. By keeping your learn to read sessions light you preserve the attitude that reading is fun.

Use any of these five tips to create a quality learn to read session.

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