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Help With Reading: Five Easy Tips for Parents

Updated on April 10, 2013

Reading can sometimes be a very frustrating and negative experience for struggling readers. If your child is a struggling reader, the first thing we need to do is create a positive atmosphere that encourages reading!

One of my fondest memories as a child was reading. My bookshelf had over 100 books on it. I remember reading with my younger brother and we would pretend we were the characters in the book. I always had a book in my hand!

A conversation with my neighbor encouraged me to write this article. Her daughter is struggling in reading and she commented to me that she would love to help her daughter but doesn't know where to begin. Following these five simple tips will help foster a love a reading in your child.

1. Read, Read, Read

It is so important for your child to read independently and be read to daily!! Reading independently allows them to practice reading words they already know and improve their fluency.

Reading to your child on a level higher than what they can read independently increases their vocabulary. Reading aloud allows your child to experience books that they may not experience on their own.

2. Model Reading at Home

When children see others in the home reading, they are more interested in picking up a book themselves. Let your children see you reading a book, the newspaper or a magazine.


3. Provide a variety of reading materials

It is beneficial for your child to have access to several different types of print! This includes; books, magazines, brochures, etc. In addition to my children's bookshelf, we have baskets of reading materials all over the house. I even have a tote with books in the car.

Take weekly trips to the library!

4. Make reading enjoyable

Reading with your child is a great way to spend quality time together! No matter how busy your schedule is, reading allows a chance to slow down and become totally immersed in a book together!

Create a special reading spot for your child. This can be an area with throw pillows near the bookshelf. I have also seen reading nooks in closets and tents.

5. Find that “just right” book

When your child is looking for a book to read independently, I suggest the “five finger approach.” While looking at a new book, have them read a page. They should raise a finger for each word they struggle with. If they miss more than five words they need to pick an easier book.

There are three different reading levels: frustration, instructional and independent. Having your child read on a frustration level is very discouraging for everyone! When a child can read a book independently it builds their self esteem!

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According to the Reading Rockets website, learning to read is a challenge for almost 40% of kids. The good news is that just by implementing these five SUPER EASY tips, you are increasing the odds that your child will grow to be an excellent and eager reader!


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      stephanieb27 5 years ago from United States

      Lastheart, thank you so much for the kind words and the share!!!! :)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      stephanieb27 keep on with the good work. I will share.

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      stephanieb27 5 years ago from United States

      Mhatter99, that's awesome!! Thanks for reading! :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you very much for this. I taught both of my children to read as soon as they could talk. They were both reading by the time they entered preschool. This made them special, which encouraged them to read more.

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      stephanieb27 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, rebeccamealey!! :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These tips will really help improve future readers. I just recently saw the five finger technique used. It's a great idea!

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      stephanieb27 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, teaches12345!!! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Stephanie, reading is my main thrust towards parents when they discuss their child's education. It opens all the right doors. Great post here and excellent tips. Voted up.

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      stephanieb27 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Louisa!! :)

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      Louisa Rogers 5 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Thanks, Stephanie! This waas great, even for one who is not raising young children. I'll keep it in mind when I have young ones around.

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      stephanieb27 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Billybuc! I was hoping to convey that message in my hub!! Struggling readers do need additional help, but it's as simple as reading EVERY SINGLE DAY and making it an enjoyable experience!! :)

      Peachpurple, that is awesome!!!!!!! :)

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my toddler love to read books to himself. After he is bored playing toys, he looks for books. I give him lots of books, put them everywhere he could reach. Great hub

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for writing this, Stephanie! When I was teaching, I would continually tell parents that they needed their children to read, and read some more, and then read some more.....and.....that they needed to model that behavior for their children at an early age. You covered it all perfectly.