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What are some ways to help your child improve their reading and writing skills?

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Caroline Campbell on February 9, 2019

1. READ TO YOUR CHILD . Children whose parents (or any significant adults) read to them are always better students than those who do not read. Reading to your child from the exposes of he/she, the vocabulary, the sentence structure, communication skills, and logic. Reading to them shares the joy of reading and storytelling. Read also gives you quality time together, which strengthens your child-parent bond. 2. Encourage your child to read . Provide plenty of reading material that will be of interest to your child - to buy books or take them to the library every few days. If your child is interested in dinosaurs, have books about dinosaurs in the house - both science and non-fiction books and fiction or storybooks, because reading is not only fun, but also for information. Find out what your child is interested in, and provide the books that feed those interests. 3. To help your child . If your child is having trouble reading, first make sure that there's some sort of correctable problem like poor eyesight. Work with the school to test for learning disabilities such as dyslexia, which can cause problems in reading skills. Help your child learn vocabulary and spelling so that they can read better - you can have regular q & a sessions where you quiz them on vocabulary and spelling of words, or you can make games like "Word of the Day", where you can find fun ways to teach new vocabulary words. 4. Set a regular time for schoolwork each day . This will also help with any school subject. A special place for them to do their job, in a place where you will not be distracted by TV, games, cell phones, computer chat rooms or instant messaging, or any other thing. Have at least an hour a day (some children will need more time during which the tasks are performed - if they say they have no task, then it will use the time to read through your material. During this time, you can "assign" reading and writing practice also - have them read a section, then test them to be sure they understand what they have read. You can show them how to read for information, how to know when a term is important in a text book, and where to look for definitions and more help. 5. Make reading and writing fun . Again, if you use the interests of your child, you will have more luck with this. Encourage your child to invent stories and write them down. Don't worry about the spelling or grammar in the first place - just get them to start writing! Read what they have written if they want you, and talk about their stories over the dinner table, or in the car. The more you encourage them to read and write, the more you will want to - notice I said "encourage" and not nag. The trick is to make it fun for them. More from other Wiki Contributors . there are a lot of children in the learning of the reading of the books that you can buy. in the first place, buy a book that your child can read with slight difficulty and once you help them master the words in that book buy the next book, until one of them, and do the same again and so on. . The best way to help a child learn to enjoy reading is to read with them! Helping them to work up to more difficult books is a good way that you can help also "evidence" of what they have read. "What you think that means?" and "Why do you think the character did that?" are great ways for you to see how good is the understanding of what they have read. You can also ask for the reflection with questions such as "What do you think of the characters that are going to do now?" and "What do you say to that character if you met them?" You can "test" your child on vocabulary words, or choose a new word to learn each day (remember to use that word as much as you can during the day) - there are even "Word of the Day" calendars that you can buy! You can encourage your child to read more by the choice of books on a topic that is interesting to him or her, ask a librarian or bookstore employee to help you find a lot of books on any topic! . The best way to help children to read better is to have a home where reading is a part of life. Start reading to the child, and let the child see you reading for enjoyment. . My sister is a resource teacher for an elementary school. She said that the problem with young children is that they think that a book is just a bunch of words that have no meaning unless the parent/adult reads aloud. Try to get your child to write the letters of the alphabet. Explain that each letter has its own sound and is different from all the other letters. Once it is understood what the letters what sounds to try to get him to write words, then move on to sentences. After that he has been working with sentences for a while ask him to tell you a story. Write the story that he tells you, then show him. She explains to him that he was the one who came up with that story. Then ask him to read the story. . Many of the popular children's cartoons come in the form of a book. You can also try comic books. You can take a trip to a local comic book store and let him choose something that he likes to read (make sure that it is age-appropriate). . Throw out your TV. A week without television has been shown to improve the reading and attention span. Without a TV he will turn to the books of the stories and the stimulation of TELEVISION and the cinema. Reading improves with practice. As your reading improves you might consider bringing it back. But, you might find that your life is better without it. A good example and read every day to yourself, read for fun. . try to get a tape recorder and tell you to read a book aloud pasted, and then play the tape back to himself while reading the book of your choice. . It seemed to Me that the old PHONICS books helped me, as I was a poor reader. Once you get the sounds and the spelling under your belt, only to encourage the reading without the pressure and negative reinforcement. Keep it simple with a lot of praise for doing well (not "good job") if it is not. It is not to be negative, but also not "overpraise" for lack of performance. Make it fun. I teach mathmatics while having a great time bowling~! They do great and don't realize they are learning math ( as well as the turn-taking, sportsmanship, etc...) . Years ago, I was a pregnant single mother with two small children and very few financial resources. However, I have always made it clear to my children that I was going to buy any book that I wanted to if there is something that they were interested in reading about. If you make reading important and enjoyable, your children will do the same. Some tips that are useful to me were: 1. Read with him every night, preferably at the same time (Just before bedtime worked well for me) and keep it relatively short, so you won't get bored. 2. Stop the story or the book in an interesting part, so he will look forward to the following evening, the story time. 3. Let him choose books on subjects that interest you and pick a day of the week, where you get to read what he wants for you! 4. Make a trip to the library fun and exciting...stop at the park first or get a gift after. And you do not have to be Barnes & Noble...the book sections in second-hand shops or the local goodwill are great sources. 5. Sports magazines are a good resource to get a child interested in reading. 6. Let him look at the pages as you read. My younger son was very interested in spiders, snakes and insects around the age of eight, and became something of an expert on reptiles, because of all the reading he did. Your question indicates that you are aware of the importance of being a good reader, so that, you are half way already!!


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