Want to help your child with reading comprehension at home, but don’t know where to start?
Start with helping them WANT to read and ENJOY reading! More reading equals better comprehension, even if it’s just for enjoyment. That’s a win-win!
Unfortunately, a lot of my students say they do not like reading, because they find it “boring.” Then, it’s our job, as parents and teachers, to move them in the right direction and help them discover a love for reading.
Here are 6 fun ways to spark your child’s interest in reading:
Set the Example – Yes, let your child see you reading! You are your greatest influencer of your child. They will be more inclined to read themselves, if they see you enjoying reading. This is an opportunity for you to sit back, relax, sip a cup of coffee, all the while showing your child how great reading can be!
Set the Stage – Is there a place in your house where you display books? Is there a cozy reading nook in your house? If not, you do not need to go out and buy new things to make an inviting place to read. All you need is a comfortable chair, a lamp, and, maybe, a snuggly throw blanket in a quiet corner of your house and plenty of books your child likes. How could they resist?
Read Aloud – Do you enjoy the occasional audio book? Your child does, too! No one is too old to be read aloud to. As a middle grades literacy teacher, I read aloud to my students often. My use of inflection gets the students hooked into the story much faster, than if they were reading it silently to themselves. It also models for your child how to appropriately read, such as pausing where there is a comma or period. Who knew you could do so much in such a simple way?
Let Kids Read What They Want – This one is critical! A child will not enjoy reading if you are trying to force them to read a particular book. You have to lead your child in the right direction, but let them make the final decision of what they would like to read. Take a trip to the library or bookstore and encourage your child to find something to read. Maybe it’s a novel that was made into a movie, a comic book, or a magazine. The point is to encourage and praise any reading, even if it’s not a novel.
Read the Books your Child Reads – Reading what your child reads allows you to make connections, ask questions, and create discussion about the book (plus, bond with your child!). Talking about reading creates a MAJOR boost in comprehension and is a skill they need to master in school and future careers.
Learn More about Reading Comprehension – If you do not have a degree in education, no worries! This is where I come in to provide you lots of resources and strategies to help your child better their reading comprehension. Be sure to check out the reading comprehension activities on my website that you can easily implement at home with any book your child may be reading.