Of course, you want your children to grow up literate, cultured, and well-rounded. And this can not be done if the child does not like to read. Success is guaranteed if you take up family reading on your own and manage to direct your children’s home reading. Lauren Grabois Fischer has the perfect collection and all her books teach kids to be proud of who they are. The Be Books is a children’s book publishing company that believes in empowering and educating our youth to live a positive and peaceful life.
To begin with, we recommend:
- Visit the library more often yourself, so that together with the librarian you can choose the best children’s books, get information about new arrivals.
- Get acquainted with the literature on children’s reading.
- Don’t read everything. With the help of a librarian, create a reading program that takes into account the age, inclinations, needs and interests of all family members.
- Read aloud together.
- Try to talk to your children more often about what you read.
- Remember that children love to reread books. There is no need to protest against this.
Cultivate a culture of communication with the book:
Introduce him to the rules of careful attitude to the book, if necessary, organize minor repairs. Teach children the skills of working with a book.
Do not limit yourself to communicating only in your family, often visit the library with your children.
How to instill a love of reading in your child?
Divide the evening reading hour into two parts. First, let the child read his book or part of it under adult supervision. The reading time should gradually increase to 20 minutes. And then adults should start reading him another, “thick” book. This book should be read from evening to evening, leaving a bookmark between the pages. Before you continue reading, help your child remember where you left off yesterday. After finishing the reading, ask a few questions to find out how he understood what he read, how he evaluates the events taking place in the book. After one or two months, change the method of work. An adult and a child read the same book in turn. It is better to start with an adult reading. The alternation of the two activities makes it possible to avoid fatigue when reading more complex texts.
A little later, when it is more noticeable that the child reads the text without much tension, with interest, you can agree with him that he will read two or three pages independently during the day, and at the hour of evening reading, he/she will begin by retelling what he has read.
Work on teaching independent reading in the family should continue until the child overcomes the difficulties associated with the poor reading techniques. Sometimes this has to be done until the very end of the child’s primary school education.
Interest in independent reading of books is formed faster in those children who grow up in reading families. Seeing that in a free moment adult family members take up a book, the child involuntarily imitates them.
Parents need to take into account that their own ability to read does not satisfy the child’s reading needs. The kid still enjoys listening to adult reading.
Time goes on. Step by step, the child’s reading technique improves. After the first self-read book, a second, third one appears. But it is still premature to calm down. As long as the reading process requires significant effort from the child, adults should certainly allocate time to control reading and organize work on the book.
The child reads the slowest in the class. How can I help?
Before completing the homework, give your child 5 minutes to read any text, then start doing your math homework; after that, again 5 minutes of reading – doing your homework in English. During the day, sit him down to read for 5 minutes three to four times at intervals of an hour and a half. Do not forget that reading needs to be monitored and listened to in order to correct mistakes.
Control your reading technique. Choose a suitable children’s book with the font corresponding to the reading textbook, after counting 100 words, ask the child to read. Write down how long it took to read the text. Ask a few questions about what you read. Write down how many questions the child gave correct answers to after reading the text independently. After a week, repeat the measurement. The changes will be noticeable to both parents and children. In the future, it is enough to measure the reading speed once a month.
Develop your child’s memory using special exercises (read a certain number of words, then repeat these words in memory).
How to achieve expressive reading in children
The child reads the text aloud at home, paying attention to punctuation marks. Tell him that you need to make a small pause at the point (during this time you need to say out loud “one-two”). On the comma, the pause is shorter (“once”). After this explanation, invite him to read, counting aloud. Gradually, you need to move from counting out loud to counting to yourself, during this time the child will develop a solid skill to pause on punctuation marks. This skill dramatically increases the understanding of the read text.
Read for yourself
Read for yourself, and not only for the child, but also for the soul. Turn off the TV and computer, pick up an interesting book, and then discuss what you read with your family.
* Take your child to the bookstore. Study novelties, choose books, admire, scold – show sincere emotions. Even if you don’t buy much, the child will feel that books play an important role in your life.
* Use the child’s interests to anything. If he is passionate about dinosaurs, buy a book about them. And if you also take him/her to a Museum and watch movies about dinosaurs, then reading books will not seem to him something boring and out of touch with reality.
Put the books in different places of the apartment, so that they often come across the child’s eyes. At the moment when the kid gets bored, he/she will always have a book at hand, which he/she reads or at least flips through (which is also good).
* Stock up on audiobooks. It is proven that children who are used to listening to audiobooks later become avid readers.
* Read aloud to the child, even if the kid already knows how to read. This creates a special atmosphere of emotional intimacy, which is very important for the child. In the future, reading will be associated with your love and attention, which means that he will read with joy.