With the help of parents and teachers, children can learn reading strategies to help them cope with problems that affect the reading.
Learn Reading Strategies
Below are some tips and specific things to do:
What children can do to help themselves
- Be willing to play word and sounds games with parents or teachers.
- Be patient when learning new information that is related to words and sounds.
- Practice hearing the individual sounds in words. It may help to stamp out each sound in a word as it is said eg d-o-g.
- Practice in writing. Match sounds with letters. Match words to pictures.
What parents can do to help at home
- Check with your child’s teacher to make sure the school’s reading program teaches the sounds of the letters and phonics skills.
- If your child is past the ages at which the teacher is teaching phonics and sounds, make sure he or she is receiving in a small group or one-on-one.
- Do activities to help your child build sound skills (make sure they are short and fun; avoid allowing your child to get frustrated):
- Help your child think of a number of words that start with the /m/ or /ch/ sound, or other beginning sounds.
- Make up silly sentences with words that begin with the same sound, such as “Nobody was nice to Nancy’s neighbour”.
- Play simple rhyming or blending games with your child, such as taking turns coming up with words that rhyme (go – no) or blending simple words (/d/, /o/, /g/ = dog).
- Read books with rhymes. Teach your child rhymes, short poems, and songs.
- Practice the alphabet by pointing out letters wherever you see them and by reading alphabet books.
- Consider using computer software that focuses on developing a sound knowledge.