Strategies you can use to help a child learning to read.

A child learning to read, easy right? Surly it seems that all children in this day and age should be able to read well. Well, that’s not the case. You might be surprised at some statistics we’re going to provide.

No one doubts that more than any other subject or skill, a child’s future is decided by how well they learn to read. Being able to read well touches so many parts of life.

In the USA, prior to 1850 when Massachusetts became the initial state to introduce mandatory education, literacy was 98% (Richman). Why was literacy considered so important? Knowing how to read was necessary so men and women could study the Scriptures.

On the other hand, writing was not taught as it was thought that too much instruction would grant common people ideas above their place and could possibly end in a public disturbance.

How about the present? How well do children read now? According to the 2002 governmental report card on reading by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), most of our children (64%) are less than competent in reading even after 12 years of instruction. Thirty eight percent of all fourth graders in the United States can't read a elementary narrative or verse.

How can that be? And what’s a parent to do? There are various ways to help a child's learning to read. Let’s look at a few.

  • Read everyday with your children. Select reading material that the child is fascinated by. Give the child a reading lesson. Perhaps, let them read the final paragraph of the story so they will consider themselves a part of the daily reading procedure.
  • If feasible, join some library. There are also numerous child reading websites that children enjoy. When it is fun, it becomes easier for a child learning to read.
  • Subscribe to at least one children’s publication. Let your child select the publication (with a little guidance of course). Youngsters who build their own reading tastes, read more than those kids who are made to read what others find interesting.
  • Write some notes to your child. Have your child write notes to you. Leave them throughout your home. This works for children learning to read and write. Take the time to read your notes to them. Then you read the notes they have written to you. You can also help your children write letters to grandparents. Then, of course, have them read the letters they get from the grandparents out loud to you. It will not only help them learn to read, but may also build a stronger bond between them and their grandparents.
  • When they are old enough, help them to understand that reading is a component of our day to day life. Yes, we read for enjoyment, but we also read out of need. Baking a cake for the first time is easier and probable taste much better if you have a recipe to read. A child learning to read needs to understand this (again, when they are old enough).
  • Buy a book that you enjoyed when you where adolescent and read it to your children. You may find yourself bemused with the memories that you recollect. The narrative may in actuality even end different than you remember.
  • You must encourage your child to read aloud. It helps so much to raise self reliance in in a child learning to read. When they make a mistake, let them understand that everyone, even adults, make mistakes when reading. The objective is to get better and not to feel bad about the error.

Children who are taught to read at home and at an early age are generally much more successful in school. You can create a significant advantage for your child by helping them grow their ability to read.

We’re talking about investing just twenty minutes every day reading with your child. Taking the time to teach them by playing games and reading good books together is time well invested. It's hard to imagine anything more important for a child learning to read.


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