Ideas to Boost Reading Skills at Home
Ideas for Boosting Reading Skills at home:
- Read to/ with your child every day. Start with the parent reading out loud to the child (while child follows along with the text), then you read a paragraph, and the child reads a paragraph out loud. Gradually increase the amount of reading the child is doing, and decrease the amount of reading the parent is doing.
- Restrict the amount of time the TV/ computer is on at home- make reading a fun, pleasurable alternative activity.
- Show your child good reading habits- let him see you read, talk about what you are reading.
- Engage in reading activities other than book reading- read and cook recipes together, look at maps and have a driving adventure, read magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes… read anything!
- Talk with your child’s teacher about his reading progress- ask for specific recommendations about their reading strengths and weaknesses.
- When reading with your child- ask questions about the story, such as “What do you think will happen next?” Have your child make up a test about the reading material, then you take the test and discuss your answers with her.
- If the reading level is difficult, break it into smaller chunks, and check for comprehension at each break.
- Visit the library often.
- Increase vocabulary: play a dictionary game and learn new vocabulary words each week; board games such as “Madgab” and “Dictionary Dabble” are fun ways to boost vocabulary.