Top 5 Tips for Reading at Home

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Reading at home with your child is very important in helping them to improve their reading skills.  I want to share with you my top 5 tips for reading at home.

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Reading Aloud

Reading aloud is one of the BEST things you can do to help your child’s reading skills.  When you read to your child you help improve their cognitive development, mental imagery and comprehension of the narrative.  This is something you can start doing while your child is in the womb and should not stop till they move out.  I know it sounds strange but reading aloud to your older kids is still beneficial.  This is a great way to create positive memories with your kids and can help them improve their vocabulary because you are there to explain words they don’t know.  As they get older you might take turns reading a chapter or two when you read together.

Creating a Comfortable Space

Creating a comfortable space that they call their own and read in is a great way to make reading fun.  You can find many ways to do DIY Book Nooks in your own home.   It can be as simple as a carpet and some soft pillows in the corner of their room with a small bookshelf, to a nicely built little hideaway in an old closet or turning the top bunk of a bunk bed into a getaway space.  Let them help you decorate it and put it together.  This helps get them invested in this area and they are more likely to use it.

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Pick a Subject your Child Enjoys

Especially if you have a reluctant reader start with things they enjoy.  If they are into LEGOS then find the newest LEGO magazine.  The important thing is to get them reading and it does not matter what they are reading.  Find books that have to do with building things and they are more likely to read.  I remember my brother was a very reluctant reader, mainly due to his dyslexia.  When he was in high school he was into Magic the Gathering card games, well we found Magic the Gathering books and gave him a couple for his birthday.  That was the key to unlocking his love of reading.  Now he always has a book on him but it was because we found the right key in getting him books in his area of interest.  Comics, graphic novels, magazines, books and more … all these can help get your child interested in reading for fun and that is what you want.

Have Dad Read to your Child

Getting dad involved in reading can be crucial.  Sometimes dad’s feel left out when it comes to bonding with babies but reading is a perfect activity for them.  They can do skin-to-skin while reading a book to the baby.  Also there have been studies that show that a child has a better improvement in language skills when dad’s read them a bedtime book.  Part of this is because dads read and relate stories differently than moms do.  This can be a simple way to get dad involved and create memories while improving your child’s language.

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Allow your Child to Re-Read their Favorite Books

When your child reads a book over and over they have an opportunity to improve different skills next time.  Maybe they start reading new words, maybe you ask them questions like “why did that character feel mad about that situation” and they can start to tell you why because their understanding of the story expands.  Maybe they decide that they want to read the book aloud to their stuffed animals or to the family pet.  This is great because reading aloud helps them feel more confident reading.  I know I can re-read my favorites and I pick up something new about the story I missed the first time (or first few times) and that helps me to understand the story better.

As you can see these are very simple ideas to do at home but they can make a HUGE difference in your child’s reading ability.  Allowing them to be involved in everything from designing a book nook to picking out a book that is about something they are interested in helps to create an excitement.  That excitement is what we want to help your child see that books are fun.  Yes they may have to read books they don’t want for school but at home allow them freedom and allow them that gift of discovering the fun of reading.  Make sure you come join Nitra’s Secret Treehouse for more literacy tips and some giggle time.

 

 

 

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