Reading Tips – Suggestions to Motivate Readers
(The suggestions below were located at www.ldonline.org. In some cases, the wording has been changed.)
The most important concept to keep in mind when reading with your children or having them read independently is: Encouragement.
Remember to ask yourself, “Are we having fun?” Reading can be a great source of quality time with your children.
Read aloud together with your child every day. Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.
- Set a good example! Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.
- Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it. This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.
- Let kids choose what they want to read – try not to criticize their choice of reading materials. It will only discourage the reading habit.
- Buy books on tape, especially for a child with learning difficulties. Listen to tapes in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.
- Take your children to the library regularly. Check the library calendar for special seasonal reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for young readers.
- Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices. Show your children how to read a map, and once you are on the road, let them take turns being the navigator.
- Correct with caution. Decide with your child, ahead of time, what aspect of reading you will be focusing on. Then stick to it. Remember that not every word or phrase needs to be corrected.