5 Tips To Help Children Read More

One of a parent's most important jobs is helping his or her children develop good reading habits at an early age.

There is no better way to prepare a child for school and for life than to help him learn to read well and read often. Getting involved in his or her reading routine, and setting a good example, are important steps in helping your child develop good reading habits now that will last a lifetime.

Here are some other tips to help you get your child to read more:

Read to Children

Long before children can read by themselves, you can begin reading to them. Choose short books with wonderful pictures. Show your child the pictures, and use inflection to make the story more interesting. Many children who are read to on a routine basis, learn to read at younger ages than their counterparts do. Books fascinate most young children, and they begin turning pages as soon as their little hands are able. Take advantage of this fascination and transform it into a love of reading.

Have Children Read to you

Many schools now send home reading books and have children read to Mom and Dad for homework. This indicates that educators also believe that parental involvement is important in developing good reading habits. In addition to homework, ask your child to read to you and with you on other occasions. Allowing your child to pick the book may help motivate him to read. This is a good practice to keep children fresh over summer vacation as well. Reading often will keep your child from getting behind over the break.

Make Reading Fun

A good way to make reading more fun is to take turns. Set the timer for a minute or two and begin reading. When the timer goes off, re-set it and hand the book to your child. Stopping in an awkward place, such as in the middle of a sentence, can be very funny. Laughing and having a good time while reading will help encourage your child to read more often.

Utilize the Library and the Internet

Make reading into an outing, by taking your child to the library. Young children can enjoy story time offered by many libraries, and older children can obtain a library card and select books they find interesting. When your child has a question, rather than answering immediately, have your child look up information on the internet and read about the topic.

Seek Help for Reading Problems Immediately

While reading can help a child throughout his or her school career, reading problems can drastically affect a child's performance and confidence. If you feel your child may have reading difficulties, discuss these problems with his teacher or guidance counselor. It may be a case of simply needing more instruction and practice. If the problem is more serious, see if your child's school offers a remedial reading program. If not, you may need to seek assistance from a tutor or a literacy program. If your child does not read well, he or she will not want to spend much time reading. Do not ignore the problem. Your child can fall behind quickly, and this can become very discouraging.

Reading is one of the most fundamental aspects of a child's education. Well-read children are not only well rounded; they also score higher on standardized tests and tend to do better throughout school than children who are not avid readers.

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