“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” – Victor Hugo
Get ready to light a fire in your kid’s mind and create sparks of joy as we give you reading strategies that you may never have thought of, until now.
They’re fun, they’re engaging and most importantly they work. Teaching a child to read is a precious gift that you can give your children and we’re here to help you make it happen.
Don’t worry – we won’t set you hours of homework – these are reading strategies that are simple and easy and you’ll be amazed by the results.
Ready? Let’s go!
Reading Strategy 1
Find the Passion!
The first thing you need to do is find your kids’ passions…what are they interested in, what do they constantly talk about, what toys do they love or even what games do they like to play the most?
Once you’ve found out their interests you need to focus on those to get them excited and passionate about reading.
Take them to the library and speak to the librarians about suitable books – not only for their age group but also for their interests too. They are a wealth of information. Take home 10 if you need to!
Reading Strategy 2
Routine, routine, routine
You’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to spend hours each day instilling a love for reading and to get your little one rearing to go. It can literally only take up 20 minutes of your day. Make reading a part of your daily routine and set aside those 20 minutes at the same time each day.
The first thing you need to do is constantly read aloud to your child. You probably know this already, but it is important to mention. A great time can be before bedtime, or in the afternoon when they need a bit of downtime.
But here’s the secret – don’t just read! Nope – ask questions too once you’ve finished reading. Questions like – Who is in the story? Who is the most important character? What happened in the book? What do you think will happen next?
This will help them with comprehension later on. They’ll probably be delighted to have their say anyway. Let’s face it – kids love to talk. A lot!
Reading Strategy 3
Oh I can see now
There are certain words that kids see when they’re out and about every day. So what you need to do is show them these words at home, and then point them out when you’re on your travels.
You can show them a stop sign, for example, and when you see one ask them what it says. They might not know; however, they will associate the picture with the word, and that’s important.
Kids initially learn by memorizing; however, as they get older, these words become sight words through teaching them in everyday life with visuals. They associate a picture with a word and the more they see it, the more they’ll remember it.
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Reading Strategy 4
Name that Object
Always name everything, and here we really do mean everything! Whatever you see, point it out and tell them what it is. Their vocabulary will soon be better than yours… okay maybe not, but this is a great strategy to widen their knowledge.
Reading Strategy 5
I So Love Reading
If you’re not into reading, it’s going to be hard for your child to love reading. So make sure you talk-the-talk and walk-the-walk. Talk about how much you love reading and that story time is the favorite part of your day. Bring on the enthusiasm!
Reading Strategy 6
Become an Actor or Actress
You might have to study a bit of drama for this one, but when you’re reading make sure that you use your voice in a fun and engaging way. No child is going to respond to a monotone voice – they will probably fall asleep before the book is over.
Use your voice appropriately for the content. If one of the characters is excited, then excited you should be. If one of them is sad, then put on that sad voice.
Reading Strategy 7
It’s Rhyme Time
Rhyming is strangely enough one of the best reading strategies out there. It’s the simplest way for your child to learn new words. The Dr. Seuss books are just the way to go.
A great game to play is to name a word to your child. For example, use the word “hat” and then ask them to think of other words that rhyme with it.
Reading Strategy 8
Sounds, Glorious Sounds
Sounds are the building blocks to getting your child to read. You need to start slowly and don’t make it too complicated. What you want your child to do is recognize what sounds each letter makes.
Start off with words they’re familiar with (like their names) and get them to sound out each letter. As they get the hang of it, move on to more complicated words.
Here’s a great game to play:
Create some cards with pictures on them of things like a cow, a cat, a dog or any other short and simple words. Then create some more cards with just the beginning letters on them. Now get your child to match the beginning letters with the picture.
Reading Strategy 9
Bring out the Costumes
Here you can have some real fun! Get out some costumes or old clothes and get your child to dress up as one of the main characters in a book. Oh and by the way, you’re going to get dressed up too, to add that extra element of excitement!
Now you’re going to put on a play that’s all about the book. Start introducing new words while you’re playing… if the book says the boy is nice, ask them if he’s fun, enjoyable, excited or anything else you can think of. This stretches their vocabulary quickly.
Reading Strategy 10
Get Creative… Make your own Library
We’re not just talking about a bookshelf filled with books here. Put those brains together and come up with some ideas of how to create your own library nook. You can use items around the house to make it a favorite spot to go.
Think forts, cardboard boxes, beanbags and more. Let your child decorate it and place their books in their very own special place. They’ll be there in a shot, enjoying their little piece of heaven.
Try these reading strategies at home for your preschooler and watch a budding reader in the making. They’re easy to do, and won’t take up all your spare time. Plus another bonus is that you get some special bonding time with your child too!