Reading is imperative and it should be incorporated to the home as well in the classroom. Even the busiest parent can take small steps to improving a struggling reader’s fluency level and teach them the value of reading. So whether you are a mom or dad on the go take a few minutes out of your day to improve your child’s reading skills and help them improve their quality of life later in the future.
• 1. Seize the opportunity! Your son is at the table with a cereal box. Take a minute and ask him to read you the slogan or the activity on the back. Repeat it back to him to assure him that what he is reading is valid and correct.
• 2. Read the signs. You are in the car on the way to the babysitters ask your daughter to read the signs along the way. Discuss the meaning and purpose behind the text. If it is an advertisement explain what it means and its purpose.
• 3.Link books to real life. There is a book out there for everything as well as tons of information on the internet. The next time your son asks you a simple question direct him to find the answer for himself. Pick out a book or search the internet for the information he desires. The next time he wants to know something he will be more likely to find it out on his own.
• 4.Turn the subtitles on during the cartoons. Explain to your child what you are doing and why. Even if it doesn’t seem like he or she is interested in the words at the bottom of the page. You will be teaching him that words are everywhere and it’s bound to catch his attention at some point in time.
• 6. Use reading as an exit tool. This is a practice used by many teachers. Before allowing a child to does a favorite activity have they read a short excerpt from an article or a poem from a book?
• 7. Children teach children. If you have more than one child encourages them to have older siblings read to younger siblings before bedtime.
These simple steps will change your child’s attitude towards reading. It will teach him or her that it is not just a task inside the classroom, but an imperative aspect of life.