I am excited to share ideas with you about how to foster and enhance your child’s reading skills! For the month of September, I would like to focus on providing simple ways to help your child learn to read from home, in the car, or anywhere you see as an opportunity. The following are some simple tips:
- Read aloud to your child daily (at least 20 minutes).
- Encourage your child, rather than push your child to read.
- ALWAYS make reading a fun activity.
- Children are observers; let them witness you reading.
- Keep a library in your child’s room that is easily accessible.
- Keep letter and word magnets on the refrigerator.
- Create books for your children. For example, you can cut letters out of magazines, famous logos, family photos to learn names, and other various pictures, with labels.
- Give books as rewards.
- Have your child help write the grocery list (pictures work also).
- A subscription to Highlights magazine would be a great resource.
- Read comics together.
- Read recipes together, while cooking.
- Turn on the Closed Caption on your television.
- Find books on tape/CD for your child to read along to.
- Reread favorite books over-and-over; being repetitive helps.
- Use silly voices, as you read.
- Ask your child questions, as you read:
- “Looking at the Title Page, what do you think will happen in this story?”
- “What do you think will happen next?”
- “What does that remind you of?”
- “Why do you think he/she did that?”
- “Do you like this book? Why or why not?”
- “Retell the story, beginning, middle, and end.”
- Point to the words as you read aloud.
- Go to the public library together. Let your child get their own card.
- Play word games together (at home and in the car).
- Play memory games and rhyming games.
- Play games finding the same beginning, middle, and/or ending sound.
- Play “I Spy…” with rhymes, sounds, etc.
I hope you enjoy these reading tips, for your young children. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
Katy Moore, M.Ed.