Not quite sure how to start achieving reading success with your kids. Read on for tips on how to successfully teach your child how to be an A-star reader.
Is your child facing challenges when it comes to learning how to read? Your child isn’t the only one. Learning to read can be a challenging and a painful process for parents and children, yet reading success for kids can be easily reached with these often overlooked steps:
Never underestimate the power of our environment. For example, a child might be more inclined to read in a brightly lit room with a ready library filled with all her favourite books as opposed to a game room filled with all the latest gaming consoles and distractions. Make sure to create the optimum environment, because it can really break it or make it when it comes to achieving reading success for kids.
It can be very tempting to step in and help out when your child is taking some time to figure out a word on the page. But if she is making out most of the words on her own with few mistakes albeit taking up a longer time, just be patient and let her carry on, especially since it is her that needs the practise and not you. Frequent interruptions from you can interfere with comprehension of the text and affect her reading confidence and flow. Being patient is a very big part of reading success for kids!
Picture books are great for beginners as well as intermediate readers when it comes to reading success for kids. Before your child actually starts reading the story, go through the pictures with her so she has a better understanding of what the text could be about.
After your child gets through a book, encourage them to read it again. Your interest in their reading is encouraging and the familiar text and story will help her read more smoothly the second time round, which would also increase her reading confidence.
Drama, drama, drama
We cannot emphasise enough how much dramatizing and animating the story will help your child. From the lifts and lilts in your voice to the tone and big hand gestures, she might get a better comprehension of the story then just by looking at the words. Your impassioned reading would also encourage her to do the same in her own reading. If she emulates it and gives her own animated reading, it would show that she really understands the words she is reading instead of just simple memorisation.
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