with confidence and accuracy is an essential skill for all humans.The practical applications are numerous and
extend our knowledge, but reading can also bring an individual pleasure.
way to support your child with their reading is to have a regular time and
place to read where the distractions are limited.Whether your child prefers to read silently
or aloud it is beneficial to discuss the text with them to ensure that they are
reading with understanding and accuracy. Ask them questions about the setting
or characters as well as their opinions.When discussing the text with your child encourage them to PEE. In other
words, give their POINT of view and EXPLAIN their answers with EXAMPLES from the
text. Encourage them to ask their own questions too.Reading aloud has advantages for all
children; encouraging expression and fluency and developing confidence.
listening to a child read encourage them to ask themselves "Does it make
sense?"You and your child may find
it fun to take turns in reading and sharing the text, or reading in unison
together or echoing each other.If your
child is struggling with a word try giving them the beginning or ending; covering
up part of the word can also help.Some
children also find it useful to read following your finger/pointer to help them
keep their place.Other strategies to
use are skipping the word and reading on to the end of the sentence,
encouraging the child to reflect on what the word could be or to use the
pictures clues in the same way. A useful to way to know if a text is
appropriate is to open a book on any page and ask your child to read.If they make 1 or 2 errors then the book
should be a good choice.
all, do not over correct errors and stop ifyour child
is feeling frustrated
with the text - remember reading should be fun. "Reading is to the
mind, what exercise is to the body."Sir Richard Steele.
This blog is a copy of my article in Southwater Life magazine - March 2014 edition