How to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Reading books out loud is one of the best ways you can help your child learn to   read. The more excitement you show when you read a book to them, the more your child will enjoy it.  The most important thing to remember is to let your child set their own pace and have fun at whatever they are doing. Do the following when you are reading to your child:

  • Run your finger under the words as you read. This will show your child that the print carries the story.
  • Use funny voices and make animal noises. Don’t be afraid to ham it up! This will cause your child get excited about the story.
  • Stop to look at the pictures and ask your child to name the things she sees in the pictures, then talk about how the pictures relate to the story.
  • Ask your child to join in whenever there is a repeated phrase in the text.
  • Show your child how events in the book are similar to events in your their life.
  • If your child asks a question, be sure to stop and answer it. The book may assist your child in expressing her thoughts and in turn, solving her own problems.
  • Keep reading to your child even after she learns to read herself. A child often has the ability to listen and understand more difficult stories than she can read on her own.

Listen to your Child Read Out Loud

As your child begins to read, have them read out loud. This can help build your child’s confidence in her ability to read and help her enjoy learning new skills. By taking turns reading with your child you can model more advanced reading skills.

If your child asks for help with a word, give it right away to prevent her from losing the meaning of the story. Avoid forcing your child to sound out the word, but if your child wants to sound out a word, do not stop him.

If your child substitutes one word for another while reading, check to see if it makes sense. For example, if your child uses the word “dog” instead of “pup,” the meaning is the same. Do not stop the reading in order to correct him. If your child uses a word that makes no sense (such as “road” for “read”), instruct him to read the sentence again because you are not sure you understand what has just been read. Be aware of your child’s energy limits. Stop each session at or before the earliest signs of fatigue or frustration in your child.

Most of all, be sure you give your child lots of praise! You are your child’s very first, and most important, teacher. The praise and support you give to your child as he learns to read will help him enjoy reading and learning even more.

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One Response to “How to Help Your Child Learn to Read”

  1. Clicknkids Says:

    kids learning really need the parental guidance. There are online learning available also that will help parents don’t settle for the traditional way of teaching their kids

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