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.