Reading should be fun for children of all ages. However, there will be some that struggle to get there, and while you might feel frustrated at the lack of progress, it’s important to work on it before they start school.
If you want your child to have a great first year of school, then it’s worth helping them learn to read right now. Let’s talk about how to get your child reading-ready for school so that they don’t feel overwhelmed when they get there.
1. Think Holistic Reading
When you think of helping your child get reading-ready for school, you might envision sitting down with them every day for strict, unwavering reading. However, this doesn’t have to be the case – in fact, reading can be fun, and it can be holistic.
This means that you don’t have to limit your child’s reading to just books that they think would suit their age group. From leaflets and tonight’s dinner recipe to comics and even non-fiction, there are many avenues you can explore with your child when getting them ready to read.
2. Consider a Reading Improvement App
If school is lurking just around the corner, and you’re feeling stressed out by your child’s progress when it comes to reading, you can always call on an outside source to make the process a little easier.
If you’ve run out of ideas and you want to make sure that your child is reading-ready, consider trying a reading improvement app. This is a great way to keep your child engaged with reading, and even find it fun. They won’t even think of it as learning something – they’ll just have a good time while they’re doing it.
3. Let Your Child Pick the Books
Holistic reading is important and should be a big part of your everyday life, but so should allowing your child to pick out what they want to read. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons why you’re struggling to get your child reading-ready is because you’re not reading what they are naturally interested in.
Next time you sit down to read together, let your child choose the books that you look at. Encourage your child to pick out these books each time, and watch as they begin to enjoy the process.
4. Use Repetition and Rhyme
Remember being a child yourself and falling in love with the works of Dr. Seuss? There are many adults out there in the world who grew up on Dr. Seuss books – and it’s not just because this was all the rage back in the 90s.
Dr. Seuss is excellent for two things – rhyme and repetition. Both rhyme and repetition are excellent reading qualities that make it easier for your child to absorb and retain information when they’re learning to read. Try to implement poems and books with repeated words and rhyme as much as possible.
So, your child is about to start school, but you don’t think that they’re at the right reading level. Don’t worry – as you can see, there are lots of tools out there to make the process a lot easier for both parties.
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