How to Encourage Your Child to Practice Reading at Home

For most kids, reading comes pretty naturally. For most, the process of learning how to read happens during the first few years of school. It is something that happens gradually, and the more children practice, the better they get at it. But what happens when the process isn’t as natural as it should be, and kids start to come across difficulties at the sight of words and realize they are unable to read as well as their peers?

This can cause frustration, and even discourage children to pursue further exercising reading. In some cases, they can also be victims to classroom mockery if they struggle in this area, which also causes severe discouragement. Apart from bullying, there are many other elements that can factor in the inability to naturally progress when it comes to reading. The good news is that any child can improve their reading fluency with practice and consistent feedback.

At Da Vinci Collaborative, we’ve worked on a special course to help young students with their reading skills. The course encompasses a wide range of effective strategies that help build reading fluency, as well as techniques that will help children naturally develop accuracy and speed when it comes to reading. With this article, however, we want to give parents a few methods that they can try at home to improve their child’s reading fluency.

Read aloud for your child

Children are very fast learners. They usually pick up on things quite easily, including reading. One of the best ways a child can improve their reading is by hearing you read to them. Letting them get a sense of your rhythm and intonation while reading is very helpful. This can help them form an idea on what fluent reading should sound like. As a parent, make sure you include expressions and emotion while reading, and use proper phrasing. A good exercise is letting your child read the same passage as you did and having them try to read it in a similar style.

Reading aloud from a very young age, even before a child can write properly or even talk, is also highly beneficial. They can not only hear you read, but they can also develop a huge imagination and put together pieces from the stories. Of course, it’s recommended that you start reading to your kids as early as possible, but don’t get discouraged if you haven’t read to them during their first years. As long as you show interest in helping them read now, you’re on the right track.

Create a comfortable reading environment

Even as adults, we enjoy a nice reading space. Making reading a fun activity rather than something a child might dread is very important. Get some blankets, pillows, brew a nice pot of tea and sit in a quiet space and start reading. Both of you can take turns at reading passages, and you can even discuss the topics you are reading. This can even help you bond with your child in surprising ways. While this may not help with fluency per se, it most definitely helps in building an overall appreciation for reading.

Pick interesting books

Don’t just pick books you like, try to pick books you feel your child might like or would relate to. Introducing your child to interesting subjects can encourage them to read more, and even help them find the necessary strength to not give up, even if they struggle with fluency. You should also encourage your kids to re-read favorite books or stories, as a second or third read-through guarantee noticeable progress.

Before you go…

These are just a handful of techniques you can try at home. For more expert strategies and techniques, make sure you check out our brand new course on reading fluency. We also provide a multitude of tutoring services, as well as mental health services. If you have any questions about what we offer, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We can walk you through each of our services in great detail.

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