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If you follow these simple 7 steps through, you should be able to see positive signs to your child's reading. As parents, we have to become the teacher.
If you follow these simple 7 steps through, you should be able to see positive signs to your child's reading. As parents, we have to become the teacher. | Source


As you probably already know, children learn basic skills at an early age. They learn how to crawl within the first few months. Children learn how to walk in the first year or two. They begin to say small words and put together multiple words at an age of 2-4. Then, children begin to read full small sentences. But truth be told, all children learn at different levels. There are several different ways that you can help your child read better. The key is finding what techniques help your child read better. Some children may be able to pick up on other things better and some children may take much longer. In this article, you will learn what you need to do to help your child begin to read and help you child read better by following 7 simple steps.

There is nothing special about getting your child to read or read better. It is simple as 1,2,3. Depending on the age of your child, you have to determine for yourself what your child needs help on the most. As children, we often struggle with specific letters or the sounds of those letters. Some children may have a slur that causes difficulty reading. Some children may be slow at grasping the necessary skills of reading. The time to act is now. If you are willing to allow this article to help your child, it will. But as a parent, you will see that you are the most important factor to your child's success with reading.

You want to try and set a specific time of the day set aside for your child to read. You don't want to have him read late in the day to you, neither as soon as he comes home. Naturally, your child will be worn down, some more then others, when they come home from school. You want to plan for time somewhere in between. A good time that I will prefer is after a afternoon snack, perhaps around 5-6 P.M. You can look at the chart below to find out how much time you need to allow for their reading.


The very first thing you have to understand as a parent is you can't rely on the school system to help your child's reading issues. Yes, some schools have a great reading programs or they may have teachers that emphasize reading. Either way, as a parent, you are the key to your child's success. If you want your child to read better, you have to be willing to commit the time and work that it will take. By applying these techniques, you can and will have your child reading better.

As a parent, you should know where you child stands at their current reading level. Some children will need more time and work then others, but all the steps are the same. When your child passes one step, you will then move onto the next steps. The first step is setting a scheduled reading time with your child. If your child is just learning to read, you want to work with them for thirty minutes a day, three days a week. When you first begin reading, you want to start out with 3-4 word sentences. You can purchase small books like this at book stores or online. You can also write your own sentences and have them read them back to you. You want to concentrate on the basic words that are seen most often, such as he, she, the, I, and you. When they first begin reading, you don't want to make them read everyday. Reading is still new to them and you don't want to push reading on them because of these two reasons.

  • They will tend to push away from the thought of reading.
  • They will look to reading as a type of punishment.

It is very important not to overwhelm your child when they are at the first level of reading. Your child has a short attention span already at this age. Some children will enjoy to read and other children will look at reading as a chore. Either way, you have to make reading fun for them. Reading needs to be enjoyable and you need to have books that have great illustrated pages. The pictures are something that their young mind can understand, although they may not understand the definitions of the words they read. The illustrations in their book will also help them understand what they are reading. This is why I prefer a children's book over writing words yourself on paper for your child to read.


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You have to help your child enjoy reading. Onve they are interested, they will want to read. Be creative. Let them read what they enjoy and like.
You have to help your child enjoy reading. Onve they are interested, they will want to read. Be creative. Let them read what they enjoy and like. | Source


The school systems follows specific guidelines and learning levels that are based on grades, such as first grade, second grade, and so on. The first level of reading is very basic sentences, usually just a few words long. The second level is more advanced with longer words and stories. You should try working with your child's teacher to see what reading level he is reading at. The purpose of this article is to teach you how to help your child read at the correct level based on their grade level. Step two is finding out your child's RGL.

RGL, or "Reading Grade Level" is the reading level that your child reads based on what grade they are in. There are many different formulas that have been researched over a long span dating back hundreds of years. Some experts believe that parents, when they have their child reading at home, they should read a level or two lower then the level they read in school. Personally, I don't believe this because your taking steps back. If your child reads at their current grade level, then that is what they need to read at home. I see no point at making the reading material easier just because your child reads at home.

As I said before, it is important to work with your child's teacher. Together, you both will have a higher chance to succeed in your child's reading ability. Your teacher can give you feedback on how your child is doing and you can give them that extra reading time at home that will make the difference.

Your child's teacher will know what RGL your child is reading at. If your child is not reading at the correct RGL for his grade, you need to add a few extra minutes per day to help them catch up. You don't want them to fall far behind. Later in this article, you will learn ways and tips on how you can keep your child interested in reading.

Books that are greatly illustrated are attractive to children. The pictures can tell a story, but don't let it take away from the reading material.
Books that are greatly illustrated are attractive to children. The pictures can tell a story, but don't let it take away from the reading material. | Source
When you rhyme words, it can be fun for children and it can also help them with reading and spelling.
When you rhyme words, it can be fun for children and it can also help them with reading and spelling. | Source


Step 3 is reading with your child. Once you know what level your child is reading at and you have your reading schedule down, you can begin helping your child learn to read and read better. You absolutely have to make sure that your child is reading at the correct RGL. Just because your child is in second grade doesn't mean that they are reading at a second grade level. You don't want to have your child reading ahead or behind his current reading grade level.

Even at a first grade level, your child should be able to answer a few questions about the story that they have just read. At this first level, you may find a question about a illustration, such as "What color is the dog?" You want to make sure your child remembers what he read. Make sure you ask questions once they have read a page or two. This is only for the first few reading levels.

It can be difficult keeping your child interested into reading, especially when they first begin the process. By now, you probably know what your child likes and what he doesn't. If he is into SpongeBob Squarepants, try finding him a SpongeBob reading book. If they are into Barbie, try finding a Barbie book. At your child's age, their attention span isn't long at all. When you give them a book that they are familiar with, you will increase the odds of them liking the book they read.

You can also apply this same method to an older child as well. Ask yourself this question, "Do you read books that you are not interested in or don't like?" You may decide to, but it is much more difficult to grasp the book when you are not interested in the book. The same fact applies for your children as well.

Most children's books are illustrated with colorful pictures that they will be interested in. But even so, you need to make sure that your child just doesn't look at the photos in the book. Even at 5, 6, and 7, a picture can take away from your child's attention span. This is normal, but you need to keep your child focused on reading. You don't want to take the pictures away per say because they help the child understand what they read, but you don't want them spending their time looking at them.

It is very important to overlook your child reading to make sure they are reading what they should and being able to correct them when they are wrong. We all have busy schedules and your time management is crucial to your child learning to read or read better. You want to allow time out of your schedule so you can overlook your child reading. At the early stages, your child doesn't need to read by themselves.

It is especially important to help your child sound out words when they have trouble. This all won't work unless you can devote yourself to your child. When you child reads alone at these early stages, they can pick up bad reading habits and it can make reading and learning much harder then it should be. Be there to ask them questions about what they just read. This will prepare them for what they will see in higher reading levels.


If your child is at higher reading levels such as 3, 4, 5, and 6, and they are still having trouble, they still need your presence. As your child gets older, it can become harder to get them to read. The more your child reads, the better they will get. This is reading 101 and pure common sense. You have to keep your child reading. Step 4 is practice makes perfect. Even at an older age, you need to keep your child interested.

A good way to keep your child interested as they get older is by some type of reward system. You need to make sure it is a positive reward. I wouldn't give rewards such as ice cream or cake. Don't get me wrong, you can if you wish, but I would offer rewards such as money or a trip to the movies. Food rewards can have less value then money or a trip to the movies would be on your child. The good thing about rewarding money is you can also teach your child the value of a dollar or how to save it to buy something big. More so, it is a win-win situation. Step five is to reward for a job well done.

So what happens if you child still does bad? You have to make sure that you do not become negative when your child gets a bad grade. If they are having trouble with reading anyway, they are going to be in a negative mood anyway. Always be positive in all situations regarding your child's reading. Step 6 is remain positive in failure.

You are not going to see changes overnight. It doesn't matter what reading system you use. It takes time and plenty of practice and patience. You child can easily get discouraged from negative results and they may already be in this state of mind because they are already having trouble. In a study done on children in the 4th grade or lower, the biggest gains were seen when comprehension was used 85% of the time. For grades higher, comprehension jumps to 92% of the time. Make sure you make comprehension studying a priority for all reading levels.

Every child is different and they all learn at different stages. It is your job as a parent to find what your child struggles with and help them correct it. As I have already said a few times before, you have to be willing to work with your child's teacher. The last step is correcting mistakes. Since you will be working with the teachers and working side by side with your child, you will already have a general idea of what your child struggles with. Once you define this, spend added time working on these corrections.

If your child is just beginning to read and they are having trouble, you may need to base their work on reviewing the alphabet. It may be sounds of the letters or it may be comprehension. Once you know the problem, you will be able to work with your child on solving them.

The main thing to remember is practice makes perfect. It is very important to keep reading. The more they read, the more they will learn. It is just like any other thing you do in life. The more you do it, the better you will get. You want to make reading a natural occurrence in your child's life, but you also want to make it fun for them. One example of this is to play out the book that they are reading. Another example of this is having the entire family join in on a reading session. It doesn't hurt to be creative.

In closing, remember, this will take time. This is not an overnight fix to your child's problem. But with time, you will begin to see the benefits. Just follow the 7 steps and tips. Remember to work with their teacher. Make sure you commit your time for the full schedule. If you have trouble with your child reading, make reading fun for them. Be creative like the example above. When your child is interested, they will pay more attention to what is being done. Reward for good performance and be positive and supportive in failure. Find the mistakes and fix them.


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Brenda, thanks for taking the time to come by. I appreciate you adding your knowledge to this article. It is a very important topic as you know. I appreciate anything that can add expereince for parents.

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      6 years ago from Ireland

      I am a speech and language therapist who has just joined and have started writing articles about speech and language. As children get older their language development-especially their vocabulary- is helped by reading and being read to. Great practical advice here.I recommend that parents read to their children-starting with rhymes and songs from when they are babies.This fosters a love of books and stories that stays with them.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Sueswan, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Congrads to your mother for teaching them on her own terms cause that was the right way to do so.

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      7 years ago

      My mother volunteered in the reading program at the local public school in her area about 20 years ago.

      There were children in grade six reading at a grade one level.

      The volunteers in the program were told never to tell the child they were wrong. They were to say. "Can you think of another word."

      My mom didn't follow the rules. She taught them phonetics and told them to sound the words out. The kids in her class improved the most in their reading.

      Voted up and awesome.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Ubanichijioke, thanks for your time and comment my friend. Parents or whomever uses these steps will see results. They don't happen overnight, but the more the child reads, the better they will get. Many people don't realize that it is just like anything you do in life, the more you do it, the better you get.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      AngeLife, thanks for your time and comment on this article. You are very thoughtful friend. I hope parents can find this equally useful as many others have. Thanks for your comment and best wishes.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Makusr, thanks for coming by and taking a look my friend. I see your pic and it makes me smile cause I remember all your funny poems:) Thanks for the visit.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Hey there Will. Your mother was a smart woman Will. It shows when children are interested, they will read. Sometimes you just have to find what they like, and at other times, be creative. Thanks for your expertise Will. Take care.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      This is very important and useful especially parents who want the best for their kids. Great work. You ve my votes

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      7 years ago from Almost Heaven

      Awesome! Excellent, practical advice to help kids read better. Thank you so much!

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 

      7 years ago from India


      Greetings from MAKUSR. You are singing a different song here. Very informative article. Useful.

      Lots of Love,


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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      When we were children, my mother bought every comic book she could lay her hands on, because she knew we would read them! As a result, we were all accomplished readers.

      Good Hub!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for stopping by Gypsy and for the comment. That is another great tool to help children learn, a library card. To a young child, it is a very big deal. This would be a great idea to get your child the confidence to read. These are good tips Gypsy.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great information for parents. You did a real good investigative job. I think that one of the major problems nowadays is modern technology. Children are too overcome by computers so it's a great idea to return them to good old reading. When I was growing up there was little technology to keep me from reading. Once I got the hang of it my greatest joy was my first library card and from there on I became a bookworm. Loved to read. Every child should discover the joy of reading.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Hello my dear Nell. Thanks for coming by and for your expertise. Bless your heart for what you do for the children Nell. You have a big heart for that. I never knew you were a part time teacher, interesting. I thanks you for everything and wish you nothing less then the best.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Cloverleaf, my bestest buddy. How have you been? Good I hope. You know what, you never cease to amaze me!!! You have been there since day one and you always inspire me to be at my best. I thank you for your friendship and kindness. You are such the sweetheart.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Prasetio, thinks for coming by my brother. I never knew you were a teacher! All your brilliant articles make sense I am glad you were able to take something from this. That is what it is all about.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Ann, thanks for coming by and your vote and comment. I always helped younger children with reading, but I am no teacher though. Voice tones are another way to keep your children interested. You know your doing something right when you draw in an audience:) Thanks for everything and see ya!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Missolive, thank you very much for coming by and your time, votes, and thoughtful comment. I am so pleased that you enjoyed it. Although our kids learn reading in school, sometimes that time is not enough. All of us want our children to have the best tools they can possibly have going into the future. It is amazing what a few hours a week can do for their reading skills. When you make it creative for them, they will pay closer attention to reading and enjoy it as well.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Vinaya, thanks for the link. I will read it my friend. I appreciate it:)

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is great advice for parents to help teach their children to read, I used to go into the school near me to help with childrens reading, and I loved it. I also was a part time teacher that taught Kumon, which is an after school activity that helped reading and maths, it was very rewarding, your hub is a really good information list of the right things to do, rated up!

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      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi thelyricwriter - you never fail to impress me! You certainly know your stuff when it comes to helping a child learn to read. I'm certain that any parent would learn a great deal from this hub. I'm giving you many thumbs up because you really deserve it. Well done!

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia have done a great job here. As a private teacher for kindergarten and elementary, I give my thumbs up for you. Better to introduce the children about letter and word early on. The most important thing is how to set them, in order they could enjoy the reading moment as something enjoyable for them. We can give them a reword if they shown the progress. They will love this more than our expected.

      From this topic. I learn much from you. Thanks for writing and share with us. I'll press all button, expect funny. Have a good day!


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      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      ooh wee, this hub is just filled with information. Do you teach? As well as write country songs? Anyway, I am a reading grandmother. My grandchildren all gather to hear me read. I put stuff in the story that's not even in there. I use all kinds of voice imatations. When I read to my 5 year old, I find the 10 and 13 year old sneaking in...Ha ha ha....what fun!

      nice hub...up/awesome

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      KUDDOS!!! What a great hub! I'm glad you advocate reading. You have provided readers with several tactics and opportunities to improve reading at home. Great job! Voted up and across!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Well it is not a hub but a newspaper article. If you want to read here is the link:

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for coming by Vinaya. Is it a hub? I would like to read it. Thanks for your positive comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Recently I did a newspaper article on the topic. I enjoyed this one very much. I'm sharing this with my friends who praised my article.


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