All children deserve the opportunity to be part of the treasures that can be obtained through the written language. They should be started at an early age, preferably in the warm and loving environment of a home. Also, having your child read aloud to you is a fundamental part of learning to read a book.
Step 1. Make reading part of your nightly routine
During this time, have your child read aloud to you at least a few times (also, feel free to read something more complex to finish).
Step 2. Visit your local library with your child on a regular basis
Do it once a week on a certain date (for example, on Fridays after school). This is also a great way to create an organized routine. Go to the children's section and let him choose the book he wants to read. It's okay if your child is a little older for this one or if he already knows the story, you should do anything to keep his interest. When he is a little older, let him have a look at the book at the reception, but always under your supervision.
Step 3. Make sure the reading area is quiet, comfortable, and free from distractions
Step 4. Take turns reading
- Choose and read an entire paragraph aloud or, instead, two or three pages of a simple children's book. If you are the one who begins the reading, you will help them set the tone so that they can enjoy this activity together.
- Ask your child to read to you.
Step 5. Listen carefully
As your child reads, he will pause on unfamiliar words.
- When your child pauses, let him know the word immediately and let him continue. Underline or circle the words that your child cannot read at the beginning.
- Point out the words that I can't read and help him read them correctly.
- Allow your child to read the sentence, paragraph, or page a second time. This will help make sure you understand what you read.
- As your child reads, you will see that the words that he could not read at first are now clearer to him. Erase the line or circle when your child reads the word with confidence.
- When finished, your child will see that you have erased all the lines and circles and will then feel success. Reward these first steps by marking each page "perfect" and congratulating your child.
Step 6. As your child reads, point out the spelling and sound patterns (for example:
honey, skin, gall).
Step 7. Finish by checking their overall reading comprehension
Ask your child to tell you what happened in the story he just read using his own words.
- To check that your child understands what he is reading, pause every now and then and ask questions about the characters and events in the story.
- Ask your child why he thinks a character acted in a certain way and ask him to support his answer using information from the story.
- Before reaching the end of a story, ask your child what he thinks will happen next and why.