Ways to Improve Reading Skills in Children

Nothing is more important to academic achievement than being a good reader. Parents know their children best and can provide the one-on-one time and attention that will lead them to success in reading. Here is a list of ways to help your children become effective readers.

  1. Set aside a reading time daily

Studies show that regularly reading out loud to children will produce significant gains in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the decoding of words. Whether your children are pre-schoolers or preteens, it will increase their desire to read independently.

 

  1. Surround children with reading materials

Children with a large array of reading materials in their homes score higher on standardized tests. Tempt your children to read by having a large supply of appealing books and magazines at their reading level. Put the reading materials in cars, bathrooms, bedrooms, family rooms, and even by the TV.

 

  1. Have family reading time.

 

Nothing is more important to academic achievement than being a good reader. Parents know their children best and can provide the one-on-one time and attention that will lead them to success in reading. Here is a list of ways to help your children become effective readers.

  1. Set aside a reading time daily

Studies show that regularly reading out loud to children will produce significant gains in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the decoding of words. Whether your children are pre-schoolers or preteens, it will increase their desire to read independently.

 

  1. Surround children with reading materials

Children with a large array of reading materials in their homes score higher on standardized tests. Tempt your children to read by having a large supply of appealing books and magazines at their reading level. Put the reading materials in cars, bathrooms, bedrooms, family rooms, and even by the TV.

 

  1. Have family reading time.

Establish a daily 15 to 30 minute time when everyone in the family reads together silently. Seeing you read will inspire your children to read. Just 15 minutes of daily practice is sufficient to increase their reading fluency.

 

  1. Encourage reading activities

Make reading an integral part of your children’s lives. Let them read menus, roadside signs, game directions, weather reports, movie time listings, and other practical everyday information. Also, make sure they always have something to read in their spare time when they could be waiting for appointments, picked up from or riding in a car.

 

  1. Develop a library habit

Entice your children to read more by taking them to the library every few weeks to get new reading materials. I am aware that the State and National Libraries are being renovated. The Yaba Library in Lagos State, Nigeria is fully revamped with e-library. Go for it. The library also offers reading programs for children of all ages that may appeal to your children and further increase their interest in reading.

 

  1. Record your child’s Progress

Find out what reading skills they are expected to have at each year. Track their progress in acquiring basic reading skills on report cards and standardized tests.

inspire your children to read. Just 15 minutes of daily practice is sufficient to increase their reading fluency.

 

  1. Encourage reading activities

Make reading an integral part of your children’s lives. Let them read menus, roadside signs, game directions, weather reports, movie time listings, and other practical everyday information. Also, make sure they always have something to read in their spare time when they could be waiting for appointments, picked up from or riding in a car.

 

  1. Develop a library habit

Entice your children to read more by taking them to the library every few weeks to get new reading materials. I am aware that the State and National Libraries are being renovated. The Yaba Library in Lagos State, Nigeria is fully revamped with e-library. Go for it. The library also offers reading programs for children of all ages that may appeal to your children and further increase their interest in reading.

 

  1. Record your child’s Progress

Find out what reading skills they are expected to have at each year. Track their progress in acquiring basic reading skills on report cards and standardized tests.

 

  1. Look for reading problems

Teachers do not always detect children’s reading problems until they have become serious. Find out if your children can sound out words, know sight words, use context to identify unknown words, and clearly understand what they read.

 

  1. Get help from reading problems

Reading problems do not magically disappear with time. The earlier children receive help, the more likely they will become good readers. Make sure your children receive necessary help from teachers, tutors, or learning centres as soon as you discover a problem.

  1. Use Aid that help with reading

To help your children improve their reading, use textbooks, computer programs, books-on-tape, and other materials available in stores. Games are especially good choices because they let children have fun as they work on their skills.

 

  1. Show enthusiasm

Your reaction has a great influence on how hard they will try to become good readers. Be sure to give them genuine praise for their efforts.

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