Reading at Home

Reading at Home

Reading with your children is a great way to help them develop and strengthen their reading skills. It is recommended to read with your children each day. This can easily become part of a daily bedtime or morning ritual, and will be a time you will cherish with your children.

Here are some reading tips:

-Choose the right book. When reading to a younger child, choose a book with large enough print and try to point to each word as you read; this will help your child build his or her vocabulary and word recognition. Pointing to words is especially effective when you use your child's favorite books. Since he or she is familiar with the story, your child will be able to focus more on each written word.

-Learn new words. When reading aloud to your child, encourage them to stop you when you use a word they do not understand. Explain what the word means, how it is spelled and what it looks like. Helping your child comprehend words early in his or her school education will help your child build a larger vocabulary. It also instills the importance of definition and correct word choice into his or her English skills.

-Listen to your child read. Older students should be encouraged to read aloud to their parents. Listening to your child read will help you monitor his or her progress in reading and communication skills. The more practice your child gets at home, the better he or she will do at school. -Let your child choose books. Having a family library day once a week or a couple of times a month is also recommended so parents can allow their children to pick out reading books. This will expose your children to a variety of book types and difficulties. Encourage your children to start to explore more difficult books as he or she grows stronger with reading.

-Read new mediums. Parents should also introduce children to various reading mediums other than books. Encourage your child to read magazines and help him or her to read news stories. It is important for kids to understand reading is used for a variety of activities, not just to read stories. As you introduce your child to a new medium, discuss with him or her the purpose of the literature and when your child may come across this form of writing. Ask your child what he or she may expect the reading experience to be. After reading through the newspaper, magazine, or any other new writing style, discuss with your child what they do and do not like about the text. Ask your child if he or she experienced difficulties with any aspect of the reading and discuss together ways your child can work to improve his or her reading.


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