Many parents worry about their child’s reading-aloud skills. While it’s true that some children are better at reading aloud than others, there are things parents can do to help their child become a better reader.
Did you know that taking turns reading out loud with your child can make a difference in their reading development? It’s true! When you take turns reading, your child gets to hear how words are pronounced, see how words are spelled, and get a feel for the rhythm of language.
This can be a fun way to bond with your child while also helping them to become better readers. Here are some tips for reading with your child:
- Choose a book that is at your child’s reading level.It can be tricky to find a book that is at your child’s reading level. You want to find a book that is not too difficult, but also not too easy. If the book is too difficult, your child will get frustrated and may not want to read. If the book is too easy, your child will be bored and will not learn anything new. By finding one at his or her reading level, you can both enjoy the story together while your child practices their reading skills.
- Take turns reading pages or paragraphs.This will help them learn at their own pace, and you can provide help when needed. You can also ask them questions about the text to check their understanding. If your child is struggling with a particular word, try using a dictionary or reading the word in context. You can also encourage them to break the word down into smaller parts.
- Encourage your child to use expression when they read.By reading with different voices and using different inflections, your child will be able to better understand the emotions conveyed in the story, as well as better engage with the material. Additionally, this will help your child to better practice their own vocal inflections and intonations, which are important communication skills.
- Ask your child questions about the story as they read.This will help them to engage with the text and think about what they’re reading. It’s also a great way to bond with your child and have some quality time together. Here are some tips on how to ask questions that will get your child thinking.
- Praise your child for their efforts.This will help them to feel confident and motivated to keep reading. Taking turns reading with your child is a great way to help them develop their reading skills. It’s a special time when you can share a book and talk about it afterward. This can help your child feel more comfortable with reading and may even make them want to read more.
So, next time you’re looking for something to do with your child, try taking turns reading out loud! If you are finding that your child needs additional help with reading aloud, a reading tutor may be a great resource. Read Smart offers plans tailored to your child’s needs and goals by our tutors. Contact us today to get started!