How to help your child with reading..

By addisonsheppard on January 20, 2011 In Homeschooling

Reading to your child on a regular basis is vital. Research has shown that this is in fact the most important thing you can do in order to help develop your child’s education.
Studies have shown that often reading with your child for long periods of time sometimes is less beneficial, and that in fact reading little and more often is much more stimulating and helpful for the child’s development. Reading with your child needs to be entertaining for both you and the child. It should be a pleasant and fun time that you share together. When you find something they are interested in, let them stop reading to discuss it. If there is a particular topic or page that your child has enjoyed, don’t feel you have to rush on to the next page. Stay on this page and let it motivate your child. Simple things like this will make the experience much more pleasant for both of you and will inspire your child to want to read more, as well as being much more stimulating for them.
It is often helpful to schedule a time every day to read with your child, then they become used to it being part of their daily routine, it doesn’t matter when – whether it is just after school, or before bed, just find a time that suits you.
Make sure the books you are reading with your child are about topics which interest them. Spend some time with them and find a range of books which they want to read and are suited to them individually. One way of doing this could be regular trips to the library. This can be made into a day out for them, where they get to go and choose their own books to read.
Make sure that your child always has books accessible to them, try to keep a selection in every room, and take one with you if you are out. This allows the child a chance to read whenever they want, and helps reading become part of their daily lifestyle.

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