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Tips for Children Learning to Read
Teaching a child to read is very rewarding. Elementary school teachers will tell you about their enormous satisfaction when witnessing a child’s reading ability blossom. The role that they play in developing these reading skills in children is invaluable.
It is important to remember that parents also can help children learning to read. By providing support system for reading at home, children will be better prepared in the classroom.
Here are some tips to help your child learn to read independently:
Label Objects in Your Home: Buy a pack of post-it notes and label some highly visible items around your home. You can start with 3 and 4-letter words such as Wall, Fan, Bed, Sink, Door etc. Your child will soon memorize these words and be able to identify them in books and other written contexts.
Practice Sight Words: Reading experts have developed a list of sight words that children should commit to memory to prepare for reading. By doing so, children will easily recognize these words in books, thus reducing the number of words that need to be sounded out. You may consider purchasing a pack of index cards and populating them with one word on each side. Quiz your child using these flashcards in small increments, and before you know it, he/she will have mastered a large number of sight words.
Be Flexible!: Reading should be an enjoyable, non-stressful activity for children. Remember that your child will have good days and bad days, so be flexible in your reading habits. Take advantage of the times when your child is motivated, and take a break when your child needs a day off.
Learning to read does not happen overnight; rather, it is a skill that develops over the first several years of a child’s life. By following these tips, parents will provide their children with a head start on their path to becoming proficient readers.
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