Reading Tips


    Reading Tips For Your Child

    Learning to read takes practice. Loving to read takes enthusiasm. So read with your child often and create a sense of enjoyment, wonder, and even a passion for reading.

    Here are some easy, practical ways you can increase your child's skills and love for reading.

    • Read with your child every day possible -- even your baby. Give children something to look forward to by reading to them every day at the same time. 

    • Have your youngster read out loud to you. Listen carefully and make sure to praise your child's reading. 

    • Take turns reading -- You read a section, then have your child read the next section. 

    • Even after children can read on their own, keep reading to them so they can enjoy stories and books that interest them but are too hard for them to read by themselves.

    Five Tips for Parents of Reluctant Readers

    Would your child rather clean up his room than pick up a book? These five tips from reading expert Marie Carbo can help you get your child back on the right reading track.

    1.  Make reading relaxing and low-key for a short part of the day.

    2.  Read aloud some funny or interesting parts of your favorite book.

    3.  Draw your child in with a riddle book for kids, a passage from Sports Illustrated, or a newspaper story.

    4.  If your child likes a movie, see if it's based on a book, then bring home the book.

    5.  For kids who have lost the motivation to read, use material that's intensely interesting to them. Your child may almost have to disassociate what he's doing at school with the act of reading something for fun.

    Brought to you by the National Education Association


    Ways To Help Your Child Read Well

     Five Finger Rule

    Here is one way to help your child choose a book.

    While reading the first page of a book, count

    the unknown words (using fingers to keep track is fine).

    If there are five or more, the book is too hard for now.

    Read that book together!

    Reading Just the Right Book

    The book that is just right is one that your child

    can read independently. It is not too hard and it is

    not too easy. It’s just right for their reading level.

    Harder Books

    Children have learned to read many words. They

     may even be reading chapter books.  However,

    they might not understand what’s being read.

    Ask your child questions about the story to see

    if they are understanding the story content.


    When Your Child Comes To An Unknown Word

    Parents will tell a child to “sound out” an unknown word.

    Frequently that prompt is successful and the word is decoded. 

    When sounding it out doesn’t work, adults usually tell the word

    and the reading continues. Our goal is to help children become

    independent readers.  Here are some alternative suggestions for

    parents to use when your child confronts an unknown word.


    *Wait 5-10 sec. to see what attempts are made. Ask:

     “What would make sense there?”


    *Use the picture to help figure out the word.


    *Skip the word and continue reading to the end of the sentence.


    *Go back and read the sentence again.


    *If the word was on a previous page, go back and try to find it.


    *Look for a smaller word in a big one. (chunk)


    *Cover the ending (-ed, -ing) with your finger and try the word.


    *Look how the word begins.


    *Help with blending (sounding it out).


    *Let the sound “pop” right out.


    *Tell the word and keep on reading.


    *It is important that children learn to use these strategies

    independently. When your child “figures out” a word, you might

    ask how he/she did it. Telling about their reading helps to

    reinforce learning. Always praise their effort!!!