Six Tips for Helping Your Child Become a Better Reader

Summer is a great time to improve reading skills. We all want our children to become better readers but this doesn’t happen overnight! Like anything else, it takes practice and habit-forming behavior. Here are some tips to help your child become a better reader.
  1. Set goals and make a plan.
    Help your child to set summer reading goals and make a plan for how to achieve these goals. Post the plan somewhere for everyone to see and be reminded to read.

  2. Provide a routine.
    It is important to include time to read in your daily schedule. Whether it is first thing in the morning or the last thing in the evening, add the time to your calendar and make sure your child knows the time and length as well.

  3. Give choices and variety.
    Provide a variety of books and magazines based on your child’s interests. Visit the local library once or twice a month to encourage choosing books that are the right fit for your child. Encourage both fiction and nonfiction reading.

  4. Model life as a reader.
    Set a good example for your child by reading for pleasure without the distraction of technology. Have a designated family reading time in addition to independent reading time. Read to and with your child as well. No matter what age, all children enjoy picture books!

  5. Read together, as well as independently.
    Taking turns reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your child. Implement “family reading night” once a week where each member of the family reads independently at the same time.

  6. Give encouragement and praise.
    Build your child’s confidence by celebrating small milestones. Praise your child for completing his or her goals. Applaud your children when they increase their independent reading time. 
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Happy reading!

— Christy Maurer, M.Ed.
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