Top Tips to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Top Tips to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Helping your child learn to read can be a lot of fun! The more emotion you show while reading, the more he will enjoy it! The most important thing is that he sets his own pace and has fun while learning to read. Not sure how to proceed? Not to worry! Follow the tips below when reading to your child.

  • Run your finger along the words as you read them to teach your child that the words you point to are the ones that explain the story.
  • Make fun animal noises and voices, without embarrassment! This will help the child get excited about the story.
  • Stop in front of the pictures and ask your child to describe what they see. Explain how the pictures tell the story.
  • Invite your child to participate in any phrases that are repeated during the story.
  • Show your child that the events in the book may be similar to what he or she experiences in everyday life.
  • If the child asks a question, stop reading and answer it. The book can help you express your thoughts and solve your own problems.
  • Continue reading to your child even after he or she has learned to read. A child can hear and understand more complicated stories than if he or she reads them.

Read Aloud

Once a child starts to read on his own, have him read aloud. This will help you gain confidence in his abilities and enjoy learning new reading skills. Take turns with your child as he learns more advanced reading skills.

If your child asks for help with a word, explain the meaning quickly so that he or she doesn’t lose track of the story. Don’t force him to say a word if he stumbles, unless he insists on saying it himself.

If you replace one word with another while reading, see if it makes sense. For example, if he uses the word “puppy” instead of “dog”, the result is the same, so don’t stop to correct him. If, on the other hand, he uses a word that doesn’t make sense, such as “witch” for “bubble,” ask him to reread the sentence because you’re not sure you understood what he read correctly. Recognize the limits of your child’s energy and stop each session at the slightest sign of fatigue, weariness or frustration.

Above all, be sure to congratulate your child on his progress! You are their first and most important teacher! Your praise and support as he learns to read will help him enjoy reading and learning even more.

Learning to Read at School

When your child enters elementary school, he or she will begin formal reading instruction. There are many ways to teach children to read in school:

  • Emphasize word recognition by having students understand their overall meaning in context.
  • Learning the sounds that each letter represents (phonics); this helps them “decode” or pronounce words.
  • Paying attention to the connections between what is said and what is written.

Many teachers use a combination of methods to teach their students to read. This is an important skill for children in their learning. Many learn to read with ease, but forcing a child to read too early or when they are struggling can backfire. Reading together and playing games are recommended to make reading more fun.

Parents should be involved in their children’s learning. Stimulating a child’s passion for learning goes hand in hand with a better chance of success in school.

Additional Tips

Here are some tips to keep in mind while your child is learning to read:

  • Dedicate a little time each day. Many children enjoy being told a bedtime story. Plus, it’s a good way to relax a child after a busy day.
  • Leave books in the child’s room for them to enjoy whenever they want. Make sure the room has the best conditions for good reading: a bed, a comfortable couch or chair, shelves for books and adequate light.
  • Read the books that your child enjoys most. After a while, you’ll probably know the sentences by heart. Let the child tell the story himself.

What are your thoughts on those tips? Do you have some of your own? Share them in the comments below.