Top Tips for Teaching Your Child to Read

Published by Sarah Hughes on

Reading is the single most important activity for success at school. It has incredible benefits for the brain as it keeps it active, allows children to strengthen core thinking skills such as creativity and problem solving.

Additionally, it provides children with the necessary skills to take learning into their own hands and carry out independent study. Below are some top tips from a secondary school in Worthing on how you can help your child with theirs.

Phonetics

First you will need to work on phonetics which are the building blocks for reading. Your child will need to learn the sounds that letters make so that they can read complete words. This is a stage that you should take time on to ensure that the lessons that follow make sense.

Read to Your Child

What you can also do is read to your child. This will help them to familiarise the different sounds and learn new words, making it easier for them to identify those they’re reading. 

Make Reading Enjoyable

While it sounds obvious, you should look for ways to make reading enjoyable. Look for a book that they would like to read, or better yet, let them pick. Just be sure to pick one that’s appropriate for their reading ability as otherwise they may struggle. 

Make Reading a Priority

Of course, to get better at reading, your child will need to practise regularly. It advised for children to spend at least 15-20 minutes a day reading, although they can go beyond this if they wish. 

Make it Fun

There are a variety of children’s games and activities that you can utilise to help yours with their reading. As children have short attention spans, this may be just what you need to hold their attention and help them to grasp the concepts you’re introducing. Try perhaps creating your own phonetics card sort and use everyday objects as aids. 

It may take a while before your child is able to read for themselves. In addition to the tips we’ve shared, you will need to be patient in your approach. That means making time to practise and not rushing them. 

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