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PostHeaderIcon 6 Tips To Help Kids Learn To Read At Home

Teaching kids to read at home can be a fun family activity with life-long benefits. Learning to read is a valuable skill that serves many educational and everyday purposes. Here are six tips to help parents get started.

1. Set the right example

Young children often mimic their parents’ actions, from dressing up to yelling at the dog. When kids see their parents pick up a book to read, they will want to do the same. Keep a supply of reading material available so the kids will notice your interest in reading.

2. Create a comfortable reading environment

Make a corner of the family room or study a reading nook for everyone. Adjust lighting for reading visibility, and arrange sofas and chairs for seating comfort. Include an afghan or lap blanket for cosy evenings spent enjoying a good book. Set aside a reading time each evening instead of watching television. Discuss characters and plots, asking your kids questions to see how well they’ve understood the story.

3. Provide age-appropriate reading material

Check with the local librarian or a preschool teacher about the level of books your child should start to read. Picture books, pop-up books, and audio books or books with puppets are some favourite options. You may want to start by reading the book aloud to your child, and then as he or she becomes familiar with the story after several readings, you can read it together.

4. Choose a suitable reading program

For example, Montessori at Home recommends a three-step process to help kids learn to read: Phonics, sight words, and reading. As children begin to recognize sounds (phonics), they soon make sense of words by putting sounds together. The final step is putting words together to create short, relevant sentences.

There are plenty of reading programs to choose from, but most follow a similar approach.

5. Have realistic expectations

Some parents are so eager to help their children reach the exciting milestone of learning to read that they push a child to learn faster than he or she can manage. Some kids learn to read naturally on their own. Most become readers in gradual steps. Encourage your child to learn at his or her individual pace. Be patient when mistakes or delays occur.

6. Have fun with books

Share a read-aloud time before bed. Dramatize dialogue from a story, or dress up like favourite characters. Take family excursions to the library. Reward good grades and house chores with the gift of a kid’s book. Enrol your child in a school or online reading club.

Reading is a hobby as well as a skill. The world of books opens a wide vista of experiences and ideas for readers of all ages. Kids who read often and widely typically earn higher grades in school, and it prepares them for advanced learning skills that require more sophisticated levels of reading comprehension. Teaching children to read at home is a special gift that can be nurtured the rest of their lives.

This article was written by Little Learning Planet owner Racheal Tighe, an Australian primary school teacher with a passion for teaching kids how to read.