How about helping your child become a better reader in the 3 month long summer vacations instead of letting them waste their time or glued to the TV. There are a number of steps that parents and other family members can take to helping your child become a better reader.
Apart from setting a proper routine, there are some basic tips to follow, your children become not just better, but avid and smart readers, and fall in love with books!
Let Your Child Pick The Book
They should pick something interesting to them, regardless of whether or not it seems too hard. This way you can also assess where their interests lie. Children who read books one level up their capabilities, have shown results of learning quicker.
Sitting side-by-side works too and we don’t recommend lying on your back. Sit up right, together and stay focused while you point or they read.
Tell Your Child To Read Along With You
Read the title out loud together and practice it a few times, so that they know you want them to read along with you. Maybe the first time, you’re reading it and they’re listening to you and repeating the words. The second time through, their repeating gets a little faster. The third time through, they’re taking the lead. This is the same pattern you’ll follow as you read the whole book, though you don’t need to read it all in one go, and you don’t need to repeat a sentence unless you want to.
Visit The Library Together
Visit the public library often to spark your child’s interest in books. Help your children pick out their own books can be a motivating feeling. And you can make this a bi-monthly activity.
Create A Separate Corner For Reading
Set up a special place for reading and writing in your home. A well-lit reading corner filled with lots of good books can become a child’s favorite place. Keep writing materials such as non-toxic crayons, washable markers, paints and brushes, and different kinds of paper in a place where children can reach them.
Demonstrate Your Own Love For Reading
Demonstrate your own love of reading by spending quiet time in which your child observes you reading to yourself. You are your child’s greatest role model. Show your child how reading and writing help you get things done every day.
Give Books As Gifts
Consider giving books or magazines to children as presents or as a recognition of special achievements. Special occasions, such as birthdays or holidays, can be the perfect opportunity to give a child a new book.
Attend Book Activities
Ask about free readings and other programs at bookstores in your circle or check online.