How can I develop my child’s reading ability?
Daniel Curry, Director & Principal, Vega Schools
A strong reading ability is critical for academic success. Being able to read and decode text is essential in every area. Whether from a book, magazine, newspaper, or online text, a child’s ability to read with fluency and comprehension is required for learning.
Reading is a skill, and as such, can and should be practiced. As parents, we want to encourage reading; however, it is important that we develop a love and appreciation for reading in our children rather than them seeing it as an arduous task. There are a few practical ways to put our children on the road to becoming a strong reader.
Kids will mimic their elders as they readFirst, small children are excellent mimics. They learn through copying our language, our behaviours and our habits. In the same way, children growing up in a home where they see people enjoying books, they will become interested. We are the first and most important role models for our children in these very early years.
Read aloud to the child
Join a Community library
Ensure reading materials are at home and easily accessible
Progression is important
Buy books based on the child’s interests
Finally, as mentioned above, we create a culture of reading in our homes when our children see us regularly enjoying a good book. Schools will also have reading time, sometimes called DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read). Creating the right environment at both school and home yields great results.