Reading Strategies

You can help your child develop a love for reading that will last his whole lifetime!  Please read the steps below adapted from www.eHow.com and visit the reading strategies link below to get practical ideas to help your child be the best reader he can be!

Step 1
It is never too early to introduce your kids to the love of books. Babies and toddlers will enjoy snuggling in your arms while you read them stories. At this age, simple books with a rhythmic text and bright pictures will hold their attention.

Step 2
As children grow older, continue to read to them. You can begin to introduce more complex and exciting stories. Chapter books are fun. Try reading a chapter or two to your child each night. Often the chapters end on "cliff hangers" with all the suspense of their favorite TV programs. Your child will look forward to story time each night to find out what happens. Take time to talk with your children about the stories.

Step 3
When children begin to learn to read, it is often not easy for them. This is the time when so many of them sadly give up on books; click on the READING STRATEGY LINK above for ideas that will help. If your child is finding the mechanics of reading difficult at school, it is important to find ways to for him to enjoy books at home in a fun and non-pressured way. There is nothing wrong with continuing to read to a child who can read by himself. During your story time, hold the book so he can also see the words on the page. You can suggest reading together, perhaps alternating who reads which page, but if he seems frustrated it is fine to take over all the reading yourself.

Step 4
Let children know that their personal stories are worth reading and that we all can be authors. Get some paper and let her write down a story she makes up. If she is too young to write, let her tell you a story and you can write it down for her. She can add the illustrations and then you can make a book cover from old cardboard. Store her book in the book case with all her other books, and take it out often to read it to her.

Step 5
When your child is old enough to be assigned books to read at school, it will enrich his experience if you read the book, too. Pick up another copy of the book at your local library and read it on your own time. You can then have your own "book club" together to discuss it. You can make special snacks and beverages to enjoy during your club meeting and talk about the book in a thoughtful, but non-pressured way.

The most important thing to remember is that reading needs to be fun and meaningful.  Find books, comics, cereal boxes, magazines, and postcards that you and your child can read together.  Use strategies from the link at the top of this page to guide you in working with your child.  Try to set aside some time to read everyday with your child.  Practicing everyday is very important, but equally important is keeping the experience meaningful!