How to help my child read more fluently?

If you’re a parent, and you’ve got a little one struggling with reading, never fear! It can be a tough challenge getting them to read better, but it’s not impossible. With some perseverance, creativity, and patience for all the 10 second repeating loops of ABC songs that are in your future – your child will hit those milestones! Here are some tips on how to help them out:

Start Small: Letter Recognition

Before diving into novels or even longer stories for kids their age – basics first. Our brains work on patterns and visuals are easier for us youngins to grasp than abstract concepts like “blending” consonants (whatever that means). To boost their confidence tackling bigger tasks; start at step 1 – sight words. Sight words are common phrases they see most frequently often either short or simple so easily memorable ones could include “I”, “is” etc… Don’t be discouraged if they don’t seem excited about learning these though – this is why incentives exist.

Make Reading Fun by Using Mnemonic devices

Making up mnemonic devices helps remember letters/sequence in an engaging way that involves multiple senses is key here while ensuring variety when creating such tools isn’t only beneficial funwise hence higher retention rate.

Mix Technical Language with Kid Friendly jargon

“Alright champ from now onwards let’s focus on long vowels,” and then high fives all around. By using technical language in simplified contexts changes what may feel complex alone makes it less daunting plus adds creative flair!

Sound It Out: Phonemic Awareness

After sight words comes phonemic awareness which requires familiarity with sounds; vowels (pronunciation), consonants (blending) etc..

A few methods below have helped other parents tackle this stage :
1. Include music as part of phonetic exercises
2. Use visualisation techniques
3. Pair sounds with movements
4. Games and or puzzles

Books, books..and more Books!

Give them access to different texts so they find what excites them; be it their preferred genre or author – commending a quick referral here through “Library Book Of The Month” scheme arranged by schools which provide access to a wide range of authors.

Comprehension Helps Fluency

Great way to aid reading fluency is getting your young reader good at comprehending the words on the page. Think about how much easier it would be for you as an adult if you had effortlessly active listening skills? Unfortunately most children cannot do this quite yet! Parents can help in various ways such as:

Ask questions about the book:

Some parents only focus on asking linearly structured questions but that limits children’s thinking abilities – So tweak those questionnaires up!
1. What characters did your child like?
2. Predictions:
● Do you think there’s going to be (Magical creature/ black knight/ dragon)? Why?
3.Relate back:
● Can any of these scenarios relate back to something personal happening earlier today?

By encouraging flexibility in responses, critical thinking & analysis skills come naturally.

Reinforcement Strategies

When coaxing toddlers into action phrases starting with “can we….?” tend to work best followed by positive reinforcements
(” You’re doing great bud!”); try these methods below :

1.Give direct feedback:
Critical whilst tackling challenges over time language evolution might become apparent alongw maintaining progress.
● “You struggled last week but test results show improvement well done!”
2.Fun Word Goals:
Make things more fun by giving small rewards once specific goals are met e.g make cookies when he/she reads 5 books end-to-end within one month

## Mind Your Tone

Kids pick up voice inflections instantly and they’ll know from the way you’re saying it if this is an experience to be enjoyed or dreaded. When you read with your child project enthusiasm; take on character roles, enact sound effects and make the whole thing a performance.

Incorporate Role Play!

Channeling that inner five-year-old while reading helps bridge gaps between “learning” & boredom. Start simple by giving them a role which matches their reading level best e.g dialogue of a prince saving his kingdom incorporates active listening while fun watching kids’ imaginations run wild!

Wrap Up

Making qualities such as comprehension, critical thinking and analysis part of gaming will steer young’uns away from associating education merely as ‘an obligation’. Reading should never feel like bargaining session hence just ease up,let experiences flow naturally checking progress occasionally – you might even find yourself enjoying those children’s stories too- now who would’ve thought?

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