How to Improve Your Child's Reading
By Andrew Loh
Improving your child's reading habits is a lengthy effort, because it is
progressive and gradual, as the brain developmental stages undergo
several transformations, before it is ready to comprehend the basic
meaning of words and sentences. Here are some of the well-known tips and
suggestions to help your children develop reading habits.
Reading loud has many benefits. Make sure that you allow your children read in a loud voice whatever they are reading.
Reading loud will help them train their tongue to form proper
intonations and movements. Children may need to read loud for at least
15 minutes every day to streamline the entire reading exercise.
Create time to discuss what children read
Once your children finish reading, let them explain in very simple words the meaning of the passage or
page read by them. This simple exercise is an effective way to teach how
to talk in front of others. It will also help them learn how they can
improve their language skills.
Include action and animation during reading
Insist on animated actions while your children are
reading from a book. This will help them learn how to speak in a
passionate way in front of others. People like others who talk with
passion and from the deep of their heart. Animated talking or conversing
is always better and effective than dumb and listless talk. Great
orators and speakers of the past have been great readers of books,
magazines and journals.
Change reading materials often
Children love reading storybook. However, make sure that you keep changing the
reading materials now and then. A change in reading style and schedule
will help your children develop understanding printed words in a much
more fluid way. You can create a weekly calendar for different reading materials.
You can ask them to read a picture storybook on two or three days. For
the balance three days, you can ask them to read non-story books, say
textbooks or classroom materials.
Play games based on the books they are reading
Children simply love reading storybook that contains lots of color images
and illustrations. Some of the books may contain stories with lot of
action. You may ask your children to role-play with you once they finish
reading their books. Let the role-play be based on the story printed in the book.
Bring home lots of books and reading materials
Give your children an opportunity to read books from diverse
fields. Books may relate to science, technology, story, folklore,
history, geography or even poetry and rhymes. Early readers may like
simple books on animals, plants, cartoon characters and fairy creatures.
Some children also like audio books where experts read out passages of
famous stories. Once your children finish listening to the audio story,
you can ask them to explain you the summary of story that they heard.
Take your children to a local library
Reading habits will become a reality when they develop a taste for the
activity. When you take your children to a library, they will search for
the books of their choice and start reading them.
Use different methods for elder children
Elder children need different methods and approaches. Most of them may
already know the importance of reading. In fact, they read their lessons
and projects those are assigned by the teachers. However, they still
need constant encouragement and nurturing to fine-tune the secrets of
reading. What they need more are extended oral discussion sessions with other
children. One simple technique is to pool two or three children and ask
them to discuss about the things they read from one of the books. The
entire exercise should be repeated in a loud voice and with a hint of an animated action.
Parents may also need to use role-playing games that involve reading. Scrabble and word puzzles are
age-appropriate and are potent tools to help learn reading skills. Once
children form a sentence or word, they should pronounce it in a loud
voice. This will help them learn speaking and intonation
skills apart from fine-tuning the art of forming words and sentences by
using different letters.
Reading skills are only possible to
attain when children acquire them with consistent practice and dedicated effort. You will need to
assign a fixed time schedule to allow your children acquire reading skills.
Reading is a great activity that has the ability to make children
smart and intelligent. By developing this habit, your children will also
expose themselves to the big world of knowledge, literature and
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