Did you know that many kids struggle with reading? I know that my son really didn’t want to read when it was first introduced to him. Reading just wasn’t fun to him. He would get distracted easily and then get frustrated over things that he did not know.
Reading is a fundamental concept that stretches across multiple skills levels. Not only is it crucial for your child to know how to read, but it is crucial to help your child be a better reader over time. Reading won’t go away, but skills learned can be lost over time. Finding fun and encouraging ways to get your child engaged in wanting to learn to read and continuing to build on their skills they have already learned doesn’t have to be so hard. Here are some tips to help you out!
Celebrate their Success
Kids don’t necessarily like to read, and that is something you can change by celebrating their success. Get excited when your kid learns a new word, reads without stuttering, or gets through a chapter book on their own. Celebrate these times with ice cream, praises, gifts, or special outings. Getting your child excited about reading is a key component to reading success.
Read, Read, & Read More
The only real way your child is going to get successful is to read and read often. This is the one thing that can’t be stressed enough. However, your kids don’t have to read boring books they don’t like. All you need to do is make sure they are reading…..something! Give your child the opportunity to read a recipe to you, read a magazine of choice, enjoy a superhero comic book, or read a fun picture book to their siblings or friends.
Use Reading Apps to Encourage Interactive Reading
Technology has become the way of engaging children both educationally and socially. Foster their joy of apps and games by downloading reading apps. Here are some of the best reading apps for reading success:
When it comes to finding games and activities that fit your kids’ reading levels, apps are the perfect resource.
Read Aloud to your Child
Many parents don’t know that reading aloud is a really great method to helping your child learn to read. I would even suggest getting two copies of the book you are reading, so your child can follow along or you can take turns reading the story. Reading aloud helps children hear a variety of different words and picture them in their minds. This gives them the knowledge they need to sound out words that are familiar to their brains. Even if your child struggles with reading, you can always read to them.
Take Time to Go to the Library
Although you can find a ton of reading sources online, there is just something about picking out a book that is intriguing to kids. Take your child to the library and let them choose what they want to read. This may take a while, but your child is more apt to read something if they are interested in the topic. A good rule of thumb to teach your child is to read the first page of a book they want. Every time they don’t know a word on that page, has them hold up a finger. If all 5 fingers are up by the end of the page, that book may be too difficult to read on their own. Suggest your child finds a book that is a little less difficult or reads the difficult book together.