How to Read Faster
It is no secret that your child’s ability to read and write easily while also understanding what they are reading can affect their success at school. Did you know that reading is not just a subject which stands on its own, it’s the core mechanism for helping your child to learn other subjects and even to work out basic math? As a parent, there is no doubt that you want nothing more than your child to do well and succeed in school at each and every level of their education. You can achieve this by helping your child to gain a solid reading foundation simply by working with your child in order to improve their reading comprehension and speed, in this article, we will be taking a look at some of the ways you can help your child, such as:
- Be positive and encouraging when reading with your child.
- Choose interesting books that may be slightly below your child’s reading level. This will help to develop speed.
- Never compare your child’s ability to another.
Assess your child’s reading ability
It’s important that you begin to assess your child’s level and ability to read in order to help them read faster. You can do this by analyzing the results of online reading games or even school tests in order to determine whether your child has an understanding of sight words, blending techniques and phonics awareness for their age level. You can ask your child’s teacher to provide opinions on your child’s reading level and skills, which is also a good time to ask for advice too.
Sit and read with your child
It’s essential to your child’s reading development that you take the time to sit down with your child and have them read books that they are familiar with and also enjoys. Rereading stories can significantly help your child with both their fluency and speed. Before reading, flick through the book and point out unfamiliar words, this can help your child to memorize words before reading the story, thus building confidence.
Question your child
Don’t forget to engage in a short question time with your child after they have finished reading a book. Try asking your child about any new words that they have discovered. Once your child is able to highlight new words that they have learned, take the time to discuss the meaning of the word and how it can be used in other sentences.
Surround your child with books
Provide your child with plenty of books to choose from and read aloud. Reading to your child is a great way to help their overall reading comprehension and skill. Why not visit your local library and check out a variety of different books that your child finds interesting in order to encourage your child to read more frequently. If a library isn’t nearby, why not go online and visit the various websites that provide a mountain of different stories for your child to choose from, such as:
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