Reading Improvement Tips
1. Read with your child but use your finger as a guide; when your child mispronounces a word, go back quietly and try again. If the child cannot get the word, cover it with your finger, only revealing a single sound or syllable at a time and ask the child to sound it out.
2. When you no longer need to guide your child, get two identical books so that you won’t need to share when reading.
3. When reading to your child, make it interesting and set a good example. Make it interesting and funny, get excited when necessary. Ask your child to predict what will happen next.
4. After reading a book, rent the movie (if there is one) and watch it. Ask the child what they imagined the story to be like and ask what was different.
5. Check the chapter beforehand, record difficult words for your child (such as “peer”, “reluctant”, “vast”, etc.) and talk about these words and look them up in a dictionary. Point out these words when you come to them in the book.
6. Do not put a TV in your child’s room; the goal is to get them to read more.
7. Take your child to the library or book shop; let them participate in selecting a book or magazine. There are many great reading and writing web sites.
8. Increase your child’s vocabulary; watch documentaries, visit museums, engage in quality conversations. We do this with babies only to drop off as they grow.
9. Be a role model; read books yourself. If you enjoy fiction, tell your child about the book you’re reading. Let them know what’s going on in your story.
10. Give reading incentives; if you read 10 books in one month you’ll earn a trip to…