Why It Is Important for Children to Read

Cute boy reading book in libraryReading is an essential skill children must learn in order to become successful at school. Why? Because reading is required to understand most other topics. Most of a child’s learning is done from reading the writing on a blackboard or in books, magazines, and workbooks from the teacher. The capability to read is crucial. After all, if a child can’t read those items, how is it possible to answer math, science, or social studies questions? It’s not possible! The better a child can read, the easier it will be for them to learn what they need to in school.

There are plenty of approaches to encourage your child to read. Remember, they are a child, so get them involved by allowing reading to be entertaining, fun, and enjoyable. It would be of great benefit to your child if you consider choosing fun reading games to play (like reading signs) while walking them to school, driving them someplace, or while you’re out shopping.

5 Reasons Why You Should Support Reading

1. Cognitive (mental processing) abilities are acquired: Reading develops a child’s imagination and creativity, and is a great approach to support your child to dream! In addition, reading supports logical thinking and problem solving skills.

2. Better communication skills: In addition to the contact they have with you during reading time, your child is developing useful communication skills by observing the interactions between the characters in the books. It is also a great opportunity to spend quality time together and bond with your child. Many children, as they get older, have fond memories of times spent reading with parents.

3. Smarter children: The more a child reads, the more a child learn. The more a child learns, the more they understand. The more a child knows, the more intelligent they are.

4. Reduces Stress: When you’re reading, you sit in a silent location, relax your mind, and focus on whatever it is that you are reading. Your brain slows down, and you’re normally calm. This comfortable state is not dissimilar to meditating, and through reading, your child will profit by acquiring the habit of relaxation.

5. Discipline and increased concentration: Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, a longer attention span, and better memory retention. These traits will serve your child well while learning at school.

Getting A Child To Read

1. Make books available and accessible: Children who become readers generally come from homes where books and other reading materials are present throughout the house. Be sure and keep plenty of books round the house where they’re not difficult to get to. Your child should be able to access their favourite books whenever they want.

2. Set an example: Children frequently adopt the customs of their parents, so these customs can be great ways to support your child to read. More specifically, if you happen to love reading, be sure to read books regularly while your child is in the same room. If your child sees you love reading, they will be more inclined to develop the same custom.

3. Go to the library regularly: Take your child to the library as much as possible; let them get excited about choosing their very own books.

4. Purchase personalized books: Get your child a personalized book of their very own. In addition to being an effective way to support reading, these sorts of books boost self-esteem. The books are also fantastic keepsakes that your child will get to treasure for a very long time.

5. Make reading fun:  Make narrative time gratifying, act out stories, read with excitement, and use distinct voices. A dreary reader makes for a dull story time, no matter how exciting the story may really be.

7 Ways to Improve Reading Fluency

little boy readingReading fluency is the ability to read quickly, accurately and with the right expression. Fluent readers understand what they read. Here are some strategies that can help your child become a better reader.

1. Model fluent reading

Read to your child to show what fluent reading sounds like. Choose stories and books that will interest her. Read naturally, with the right emotion or tone to match the words you’re reading. If you’re busy, you can also have your child listen to audiobooks as he/she follows along with the matching book.

2. Try guided practice

Choose a short piece from a story or a poem, and read it aloud while your child listens and follows along. Then read just the first line of the piece and have your child read it back to you. Read the second line of the piece and have your child read it back to you. Continue until you have completed the piece. Repeat several times.

3. Read together

Choose a book or passage that is not too long and read it while your child listens and follows along. Then read the same book or passage several times together.

4. Try repeated readings

Choose a short book or passage of a book that is just a little above your child’s reading level. Have your child read it through. If your child doesn’t read a word correctly, or hesitates for longer than five seconds, read the word out loud and have your child repeat it. He/she should then continue reading. After you complete the entire reading, have he/she read it again three or four times over.

5. Perform some readings

Passages that are meant to be read at a performance, like poetry, scripts, speeches and jokes are all great ways to develop reading out loud. After he/she practices all week, your child can “perform” for the family.

6. Time and graph some reading practice

Choose a short piece at your child’s reading level and make a copy for yourself. Have your child read it out loud for one minute. Together, count up the number of correct words she read in that minute. Have your child record the result with a bar graph. Your child should read the same passage three or four more times. Continue to graph each result. Soon he/she will see that their speed and accuracy is improving.

7. Praise meaningfully

Use praise to develop your child’s self-awareness. Use comments like “I love how you made your voice strong and loud so I knew what you said was important” or “You got all the words right. Good job! But it was hard for me to follow some of what you were saying because you read so fast.”

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