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Helping Your Child Become a Better Reader

Updated on November 9, 2013
Teach your child the love of reading
Teach your child the love of reading | Source

Reading Tips for Parents

  • Make sure you child has free access to a variety of reading materials at their level. Including: magazines, books, newspapers and comics. All of these can be used to interest your child in reading.
  • Take your child to the library regularly. Help them check out books on their reading level that they can read independently.
  • Obtain books on tape and listen to them when you are in your car taking a trip or driving any where. Discuss the story with your child.
  • Make sure you read the same story or article as you child so you can talk about it. Why you liked it, why you didn't like it and discuss anything about it that is relevant to their life.
  • Cook with them using a recipe. To be able to follow a recipe you need to be able to read it.
  • Talk to your child about books you read when you were a child. What ones you liked and why and share the book with them.
  • Let them see you reading and enjoying it.
  • The nest time you have directions you need to follow have your child help you by reading them to you.
  • Read a news article and discuss it with your child. Show them how to get more information about the subject.
  • Be enthusiastic about reading. It is a necessary part of life as well as a pleasurable part., let them know this. A child with a good grasp of reading has a skill that will be useful to them in every facet of their life.

Read together as a family
Read together as a family | Source

How a Parent Can Encourage a Growing Reader

  • Read with your child at least once a day.
  • Make sure they have plenty available for them to read.
  • Notice what you child is interested in and try to make that type of book or article available to them.
  • Respect your child's choice of reading material, as long as it's not x-rated or harmful to them. If they like to read comic books, well, it's still reading.
  • Praise your child's effort to read.
  • Help your child build a library just for them filled with areas they are interested in.
  • Check up on your child's progress. Talk to their teacher, listen to them read aloud, read what they write.
  • Help you child build vocabulary and background knowledge by exposing them to new experiences.
  • Tell stories, about family and when you were young. It helps build values and listening and thinking skills.
  • Share with your child something interesting that you have read in an article or seen on tv.
  • Keep reading aloud to your child even after they can read for themselves.
  • Encourage your child to write along with reading. Ask for their help writing a grocery list or writing down telephone messages.

The love of reading
The love of reading | Source


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, I think if more parents realized just how much reading aloud contributes to their child becoming a good reader more parents would do it. Kudos to your wife and to you.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nell, unfortunately boys are a little slower in the beginning in reading. I Think it's wonderful that you encouraged your son and then helped in school. We need more parents like you. Thanks you.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      All good advice. My wife always read to the kids when they were very young.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, I used to get my son to read as much as he could, and when he started school he had a good head start, I also used to help out at a school where I found that the girls were really fast readers but the boys were a little bit slower, so I concentrated on them, and eventually they caught up thank goodness! this is a very useful hub, rated up, cheers nell

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, Ingenia. I love that type of book for a child. They hold their interest and encourage them to read. Thanks for visiting.

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      8 years ago

      Those are a good list of read-aloud books ! My son enjoyed "The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud" tremendously as I read to him when he was young. Now, he takes the book and read on his own.


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