• Tips to Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

    (And Love Books!)








    1.  Set aside a special time for home reading every day.  Try to avoid scheduling a time when your child would rather be doing something else.
    2.  Make reading time as pleasurable and comfortable as possible so that your child developes warm feelings for books and reading.
    3.  Notice when your child seems to tire.  A book can always be finished the next day-or the day after that.
    4.  Try different ways of reading.
          * Listen to a reading by your child and show the pleasure you take in hearing a good story.
          * Read to your child.
          * Read along with your child.
          * Encourage your child to read part of a book silently and tell you about it.
    5.  When your child comes to an interesting part, ask him to guess what might happen next.  Then check to see if the prediction was right.

    6.  When your child finishes reading, talk about the story and the illustrations.
    7.  When your child gets stuck on an unfamiliar word:
          * Wait for a while so the child can think about it.
          * Suggest that the child look at an illustration for a clue.
          * Remind the child to look at the first letter, read the line again, and make a guess that makes sense.
    8.  Some things you can look and listen for when your child reads:
          * Was the reading fluent or word-by-word
          * Does the child pay attention to punctuation?
          * Do the errors make sense? (That shows the child understands the story.)
          * Do the errors look like the word in the story?
           * After an error, does the child self-correct or keep going?