October 3, 2016

Newsletter: Three Reading Strategies

Reading is the key to self-directed lifelong learning. Here are three strategies I feel help children become strong readers.

Beginning readers need Three Reads every day!  These are Three different skills:

1. A Parent Reading Aloud To The Child

Reading aloud to your child reinforces that this is something grown ups do and they want to grow up. Reading aloud is a way to broaden their horizons, as well as, a way to teach them about cultures, history, time periods, and people. When they become independent readers, keep reading aloud and let them follow in their own copy. Often times when children get to a word they do not know, they often skip the word or guess. When you read aloud to them as they follow with their eyes it helps build their visual and oral vocabulary, as they see and hear the word at the same time. Reading aloud also builds their listening skill. Just stop before you reach the end of their attention span.

2. The Child Reading Aloud​

Reading aloud is a different skill than reading silently. As they get comfortable reading aloud they can start adding inflection, tone of voice, and add interest to their reading.​

3. The Child Reading Silently to Self

​Reading silently to self is also another skill. A lot of reading good quality living books, builds up their experience with words, their knowledge base, and speed at reading.

I have found that Family Bible study can do all three. The children follow with their eyes, reading silently, while someone is reading aloud to them. At their turn, they can read aloud. If they are early in their reading journey it is OK to lap read their turn. That means you as a stronger reader, read while running your finger under the words, they say the words they can read, and you add the rest. Regular daily Bible reading will give them the regularity at the discipline of reading and serves as a constant base. Add a classic to that daily reading aloud time and broaden their reading experience.

If your child struggles with attention span, consider reducing screen time and increasing outdoor play time. As they climb, spin, swing, slide, brachiate, run, and crawl, they build their core body strength that helps them focus. It also builds their visual pathways for reading.

Enjoy the Journey!

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