Building the skills for reading and writing takes time just like any other learning experience. Each child's learning process is different, changes over time, and is greatly affected by mood.
Trying different strategies to guide your child through the process will keep it fresh and exciting for both of you.
Make Time for Reading
Integrate reading into your family’s daily routine. Turn off the TV and other distractions to set up a quiet and calm atmosphere. Focusing complete attention on the reading time will make it more productive and special for your kids.
Plan Ahead for Reading Obstacles
If you are tackling a new book, spend a few minutes looking through it to find a few long or confusing new vocabulary words. Help your child look up the meaning of a new word and understand the context in which it is used in the story. Also, notice words the child has learned in other books. Positive reinforcement is great for self-esteem!
Take a break every now and then during your reading to ask your child what might happen next in the story. Are there specific sentences or ideas in the story that he or she really like? This encourages short-term memory skills and can help identify symptoms of learning difficulties.
Add some Variety to Reading
Using audio books or online streaming is a great tool for adding an occasional twist to your daily reading time. It gives the child a chance to hear new voices reading stories. Listen with your children and pause occasionally to ask questions about what you have just heard. You can find many free open source audio books online.
Make reading a treat!
Download a new book as a treat at the end of the week onto your e-reader or tablet to add to the excitement of reading time. Look through the title lists together and talk about what type of story your child would like to hear.
Reading and learning opportunities are all around us! Be creative and find new ways to excite your children about reading and learning new vocabulary.