Many parents wonder how to improve their child’s reading and writing
ability. The following simple techniques can help improve your child’s reading
in a matter of weeks.
Read to your child at least 20 minutes each night:
Not only will your child be absolutely thrilled to have your undivided
attention, you will know for certain that they are getting exposure to
literature. To make it more exciting use dramatic voices, don’t be scared to
sound silly! If your child can read then take turns reading pages. Stop every
so often as you read to make predictions on what you think will happen next.
Keep a variety of literature for your child at home:
Keep your house filled with both fiction and non fiction books on a variety
of topics. Subscribe to children’s magazines or, to save money, ask doctors
offices that you visit for the old copies of children’s magazines that they
have. Don’t scoff at the Sunday comics, they are an excellent resource to get
your child excited about reading.
Keep a variety of literature for yourself at home:
Children will see if you practice what you preach. As their biggest role
model, you must show them that you too enjoy reading. If they see you reading
magazines and books around the house they will believe that reading is a
Read the same book multiple times to help your child’s reading fluency:
For those still learning to read, by reading a book multiple times they will
develop sight word recognition.
Get your child a library card:
Nothing like having a card of your own to make a child feel all grown up.
Take them once a week or more to the library and let them check out their own
books. Having personal choice will increase the likelihood that they will read.
Meet with your child’s teacher and discuss his/her reading progress:
Your child’s teacher is experienced and teaches your child the art of
reading every day. If your child is in school make an appointment to meet with
your child’s teacher and listen to her insights on your child’s reading
abilities and what specific things you can do to help your child’s reading
Get your child hooked on a reading series:
There are many books out there that come in series. If your child likes one
they will want to devour the entire series. This is an excellent motivation
Buy computer games that facilitate reading improvement:
This is great because your child will learn reading skills and will learn
computer skills as well. This is a great way for them to learn phonics and
other so called “boring” skills because typically young children love anything