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Seven Effective Ways to Teach Reading
Reading comes natural for many people, but others have a very hard time learning how to read. It can be frustrating and even a bit overwhelming, especially when the fun is taken out of it.
This often happens when you push kids too hard. Instead, you want to make reading fun and entertaining. One great way to accomplish this is by helping your child find the passion that drives her to dive into more complex and intriguing books.
Here are seven effective different ways to teach reading:
1. Read age appropriate books. If you want to instill a love of reading in your child, then you need to provide books that she can understand. If the book is not age appropriate, she won’t understand the storyline and it becomes boring very quickly or confusing. Younger kids relate well to picture books. Allowing them to make up their own stories to go along with the pictures increases their interest and desire to read.
2. Take advantage of technology. Look for educational websites that provide interactive games that make reading more fun and interesting. Most kids love to play any type of online game, even if it’s one that’s teaching them something. There are many different types of reading games available designed to be engaging and help students see the fun side of books.
3. Allow your student to choose reading material she enjoys. If she is interested in the subject then she will be more determined to learn how to read the stories. For example, if your child is fascinated with science, try some science books together. It will also encourage her to read more often and the more she practices, the better reader she will become.
4. Engage in conversation while you read. Just reading a book can be boring because you’re not really connecting with the words on the pages. When you engage in conversation with your child, ask questions and talk about what’s happening in the story you help bring the words to life. She will begin to see past the words and be able to visualize what’s actually happening. This connection creates excitement and encourages her to read more.
6. Pay close attention as your child reads. Kids love it when parents pay attention to them so giving your child your undivided attention as she reads will encourage her to try even harder. So put away the cell phone, relax, sit back and enjoy being a part of the learning experience.
7. Lead by example. Read books every chance you get and when you read to your student, do so with feeling and passion. It will teach her that books are so much more than just words on a page. If you allow yourself, they can sweep you away and you’ll become part of the story as you read. This gives kids a whole new outlook on reading.
Remember every child will learn at a different pace, and if your child isn’t reading yet don’t stress! You may also want to give a gift that could encourage a reluctant reader.
By introducing books to kids at an early age helps to instill a love for reading your children can build on throughout the years. As your student learns to read on their own you’ll watch the excitement grow and see the gleam in his or her eyes as reading becomes more natural to them.
Curious if you really need a full reading curriculum? Read this along with more ways to teach reading.
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