Reading is an essential skill that children should master since it comes in handy in the later school years. The good thing is that as a parent, there are things that you can do to help improve the reading abilities of your preschool or school-going child. In a recent study, it was found that the reading skill of 7-year old kids could indicate what they will be earning 35 years later.
Here are the tips that you can use to help your child polish his/her reading abilities.
- Read to them
The first tip for improving a child’s reading ability is reading to them. Reading out loud to your child enhances their comprehension skills, the decoding of words and mastery of vocabularies, although you will have to do it regularly to experience these gains. What’s more, it gives them the desire to read on their own.
- Make reading a regular activity
When you make reading a usual thing by establishing a timetable, say 15 to 30 minutes every day, you are encouraging your child to read independently. To make this work and yield the benefits that you desire, ensure that everyone in the house is reading and that you are doing it together. In the long run, your children will find the time and even increase the reading time.
- Surround them with reading materials
Another efficient way of inspiring your children to read more is to surround them with reading material. When they don’t have anything to do, they will more likely be perusing the books or magazines which will, in turn, boost their knowledge. Better yet, you want to make sure that the material is appealing and interesting to capture their attention.
- Engage them in reading activities
You should aim at ensuring that your child is reading whenever they can. Make it a way of living. Encourage them to read everything including menus, signs, listings, game directions, and weather reports among other practical information they come across every day. During their spare time, find them something to read, or help them join a reading club.
- Spot the reading problems
One effective way of ensuring that your child’s reading ability is improving is continually checking their progress and looking for reading problems. Encourage them to seek assistance when they have difficulty reading, and inform you when they cannot comfortably read particular words. It can help to have them read to you or have them tell you a story.
To sum it up, it only takes simple practices and activities to improve the reading habits of your kid, and it can even be more effective if you incorporate them into your family routine. When a child sees you reading, they will develop the interest in reading as well. Remember to make it fun!