9 Ways To Build and Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

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Being a good reader is arguably the most important vehicle for academic excellence. And who knows children better than their parents? Children who are exposed to a large array of reading materials in their homes from a younger age are shown to score higher on standardized tests.

As a parent, you can provide the one-on-one time and attention that is imperative for success in reading. Here’s how you can plant, nurture and grow a keen interest in reading in your child:
1. Shower them with reading material
Encourage your child by surrounding him/her with things to read. Keeping novels, magazines, and comic books in the living room, bedrooms, bathrooms and cars can be a good start.

2. Set aside time to read to them
Reading out loud to kids regularly has shown to produce significant gains in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the decoding of words.

3. Read as a family on days off
Put aside half an hour on weekends when everyone in the family reads together silently. Watching you will inspire your kids too.

4. Use context to find out a word’s meaning

Help build their vocabulary by figuring out the meaning of a word by seeing how the word was used in a sentence.

5. Track their progress
Be in the know of reading skills that your child is expected to have at each grade level.

6. Bring them to a local library
Make books appealing to your children by taking them to a local library every couple of weeks. Once their interest builds, offer to get them a membership at the library.

7. Ask them about the book they are currently reading
Starting a conversation about their present read will not only help them articulate their thoughts about the book at hand, but also give you an inlet into their imagination and personality.

8. Help them set reading goals
To build a clear focus on reading and develop reading speed, help them set reading goals for reading material at hand.

9. Praise them for their efforts
Children seek validation for their efforts. Your reaction to their reading will have a great influence on how hard they will work to become good readers. Shower them genuine praise.

Reasons to Thank Your Teacher

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“If you can read this, thank a teacher.”
– Anonymous

The word “teacher” implies the flow of knowledge and skills from one person to another. Throughout our entire careers as students, we encounter a tremendous amount of teachers. Each one impacts our educational career in some way or another.

Not only are teachers some of the smartest, most compassionate people we know, but they do work that few of us could accomplish on our best days. Infectious workaholics or cheerful powerhouses, each has a way to leave an ever-lasting mark on the innocent minds they take under their wings. Here’s a list of the few reasons, out of the countless more, why teachers need to be thanked.

HEAD STRONG- Understanding how difficult it is to deal with young people who have very different minds, understanding capabilities, home lives and backgrounds. Yet the ease and composure with which a batch of hyper, eager and excited kids is handled is worth thanking them and much more.

DEDICATION- As a teacher you cannot have ‘off days’ or even be in a bad mood. Every day you have to be on top of your game, organized, lively, enthusiastic because you will have a classroom full of faces looking at you and expecting you to be the same as you are.

STABILITY- On any given day, you never know what you might say or do that will leave a life-long impression on your kids. Children are often better than adults at noticing that something is wrong. However, unlike adults they are likely to call you out on it, or at the very least respond negatively through bad behaviour or laziness.

VISION- In other professions, the people you come into contact with, colleagues or customers, you will have an effect on their day-to-day professional lives but not have a great impact on their personal and future lives. the experiences we have in school affects our future in terms of our personality, motivation and aspirations.

CONTENTMENT- Teachers care ! This may sound strange to list as a reason to be appreciated, but that is only because it’s something easily taken for granted. Though they are ‘paid’ for it and it is their ‘job’, most of us tend to forget that it is humanly impossible to be under appreciated yet focused to keep doing what we do best.

It’s time to thank you for replacing, an empty mind with an open one. A shaky heart to a sturdy one. Making, a wayward thinker a visionary one. And a long life a learned one.
Help us thank all your mentors, guides, philosophers, friends or whatever role your teachers donned, to know that we care and we owe them more than we can pay.