5 Best Ways to Boost Your Child's Reading Skills.
TIP #2: Provide lots of reading opportunities.
Fire trucks? Snowboarding? NG Kids? What does your child dig?
It's pretty simple, really. The more your child reads, the better they'll become at reading. The challenge may be in finding material that interests your child and inspires them to read. You can find ways to make reading pleasurable, and not seem like more homework by keeping the following in mind:
Follow their style, not yours.
You might be tempted to get books you loved as a kid, and it's ok to do so, but you also need to follow your child's lead when it comes to choosing books. If they seem uninterested in what you think was the most fabulous book ever when you were a kid, then simply put the book away and thank your child for trying it. You want them to feel good about the reading experience
If your child loves reading silly humor or predictable series books, then silly humor and series books it will be. If they find reading enjoyable, you've won half the battle and are well on your way to boosting reading skills. If your child wants to hear the same picture book or story over and over again, then read it over and over again. Repetition builds language development.
And do not fear should your child fall in love with certain books or series, feeling almost like the characters are their best friends. This phase will eventually pass and your child will be ready to move on to another story with more challenging literary content. Just be ready to provide different reading material when your child is hungry for something new.
Don't forget non-fiction books.
Your child might bounce from one style of book to another, or might be more intrigued with non-fiction books. Give your child opportunities to read fact books, history books and how-to books. Your child might have zero interest in reading a story book, but become seriously enthralled with a fact book on snowboarding - if snowboarding is their favorite sport. Teach your child at an early age that reading opens the doors to learning more about whatever interests them
Subscribe to a magazine.
Consider getting your child their own magazine subscription. It's fun to get a magazine in the mail. Plus, your child is more likely to spend quality time with a publication that has their name on the cover
. You'll find magazines for all age groups. Two fascinating kid-friendly favorites are Highlights and National Geographic Kids.
Give your child a book allowance.
Introduce your child to the joys of bookstore browsing. You can spend many an hour simply reading and browsing among the wide selection, choosing a few favorites. Give your child a book allowance. Take them to the bookstore as often as (if not more than) you take them to the toy or video store. And if people ask for suggestions for birthday presents, suggest a bookstore gift card.
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