Is your child struggling to read?
Read tips about “How to Teach a Kid to Read” and find out that you can help your child so they will not struggle any more!
If your child is falling farther and farther behind in school, then take the time help your child. It is important that your child is reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The more your child continues to struggle, the more difficult school will be. School will not only be difficult in reading, but in every other subject as well. All children can learn and have the ability to make great strides so they will catch up with their peers.
Your child can become a fluent reader with your help. They may just be raising their hand to read out loud. The goal is that your child will become fluent enough to develop a love for reading.
“How do I teach my kid to read,” you ask? Here are some tips to help your child read at home:
It’s not too late to start reading with your child. Read any books that are available from your home or the library. Other places to pick up books are yard sales and books stores, new or used. Encourage your child to check out books from school weekly. Make sure they are selecting high interest books as well as books that are in their reading level. Their teacher or librarian will be able to help them find books at their level.
You Read, They Read
Read to your child. It is important to read to your child so they are able to hear a fluent reader. It will help them develop their own fluency. Have your child read to you. Take turns…I always find it fun to read one side and the child reads the other side throughout the book. Ask questions as you read to increase comprehension. Is your child remembering what was read? You can ask questions about the setting, characters, sequence or plot of the story. You can even ask your child to predict what may happen next in the story or if it is a story you have read before, ask them to predict what may happen beyond the book. These questions will help to increase your child’s higher level thinking skills.
Mistakes are Okay
Wait to correct your child. Give your child “think time” to sound out words and help them as little as possible. It is okay for them to make mistakes. Many times, adults jump in to correct when a child is about to correct themselves, then no learning takes place. Be patient.
Make it Fun
Get comfortable and choose a varieties of different books and places to read. Don’t rely only on technology to teach your child to read although audio books can help increase fluency. Have a cozy spot that your child can relax with pillows, a lamp and a snack. They may just look forward to reading each day. Some classrooms incorporate a flexible seating environment to allow kids to make choices where they will work best. Check out my Flexible Seating board on Pinterest to get fun seating ideas you can also use at home.
If you want to help your child now and at a faster rate, then read this Children Learning Reading Review. It has not only been used at home, but for differentiation in classrooms too. It is that good! Your child will stride right along with their peers and won’t be embarrassed to read out loud anymore!