Reading is a skill that greatly enhances your ability to function in today's society. Many children struggle with reading, but there are strategies that can help improve reading and improve vocabulary skills. Providing interesting activities and enthusiasm can go a long way in encouraging your child to become a better reader.
One way to get your child more enthusiastic about reading is to get him involved in reading activities with other children. Use peer pressure to your advantage. For example, you can go to library events like story time. Story time can grab your child's interest and increase their attention to what books have to offer. It gives them the opportunity to see their friends and classmates and to talk about the stories with them. Libraries also often have reading programs for all skill levels. Librarians are a great resource for helping your child to connect to books at their individual skill level. The library can be a fantastic special place to go on outings with your children. It's a free resource that houses thousands of new adventures.
Find a special reading time that can be part of your daily routine. You can make it a family event. Show your child through your actions that reading is important and a priority. They look up to you as a role model; this is a fantastic example to set.
If you want to work on building vocabulary skills, a great way to do that is to write down words in a story that your child had difficulty with. Pick a few and make flash cards to help quiz your child on reading the word and talking about the meaning. This is a great way to improve study skills.
Reading is a precious gift and one that you can help your child learn to love. Make it a special time for them. If you think that your child may have more difficulty than most with reading, check in with their teacher. They may be able to do further testing to see if learning disabilities are an issue. Together you can help your child improve reading.