Finding time to read with your child can be challenging in busy day today life, when your child is learning to read 15-20 minutes a day is all you need. Reading for the first time can be daunting for children however, there are a few things you can do to make the experience a little more enjoyable and to entice your child to read.
Firstly, make sure the book is appropriate for your child’s reading level. If the book is too difficult your child may lose their appetite for reading. This also applies to choosing a book that matches your child’s interests.
Secondly, choose an appropriate time of the day for example, time you would be spending with your child maybe a bedtime story or an afternoon on the weekend. Create a comfortable reading space at home and/or go to your local library.
When it comes to physically reading with your child there are some techniques that you can use these are as follows;
Take it in turns reading a page or a sentence each.
Talk about the story as you read it.
Get your child to point to each word as they read it.
If your child finds a book they enjoy let them read it again, as repetition encourages reading fluency.
Checking your child’s understanding of the book is important;
Ask questions and make comments during the reading process. This will get your child to start thinking about what they are reading.
Recall with them parts of the story ask them how the character felt when…
Encourage your child to link the book with others, films, maybe their own experiences etc.
Ask them what their favourite part was. This will allow your child to associate the book with something they enjoy, or maybe find funny which will then inspire them to read the book again.
Hopefully these tips are helpful. Remember every child is different, will learning at different paces and find certain techniques more helpful than others. My Word Buddy is a very useful tool for children reading both at home and in school.