How to increase child’s reading speed?

Are you tired of your kid taking ages to finish a book? Do they complain that reading is too boring and would rather watch TV? Well, my friend, you’re in luck! I’ve got just the tips and tricks for you to increase your kid’s reading speed. In no time at all, they’ll be zipping through those pages faster than The Flash on his way to Starbucks.

Practice Makes Perfect

“Practice makes perfect.” We’ve all heard it before, but it really does apply when it comes to improving your child’s reading skills. Just like anything else in life, the more you do something, the better you get at it.

Read Together

Sitting down with your child and reading together not only strengthens bonding between parent and child but also improves their cognitive abilities.

Start Small

At first start by encouraging them with short books with fewer pages so that they don’t feel burdened while flipping time tolling pages.

Set Goals

Setting achievable goals can help motivate kids to read without becoming overwhelmed. Challenge them if need be – kids love games! (spoiler alert: add reward points along the way)

Engage All Senses

Did you know that our brains absorb information differently depending on how we take in said data through our senses?

Find Books That Speak To Them

Engage their respective interests little one loves action movies? Get them comic books or stories about superheroes.

Our sense of sight plays an important role in learning; therefore engaging this sense will make lessons more memorable.

  • Brief snippets using images from comics/manga
  • Illustration-based storybooks with lots of pictures

Speed-reading utilizes several techniques designed to train humans’ brains into being able to quickly take in more words per minute.

Adapt these methods below:

Word Chunking Technique

This involves breaking words up into thematic groups.

For instance, if given a paragraph like:
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The five boxing wizards jump quickly.

Reading this sentence in parts like:

  • Quick-brown-fox-jumps
  • Over-the-lazy-dog
  • Five-boxing-wizards-jump
  • Quickly

will make it easier for your kid to comprehend what is being read

Guided Reading

Guided reading offers structured guidance that helps learners develop independent strategic decisions while reading texts.

Optical Flow Technique

Optical flow technique about involving scanning pages through a 3-stage process:

  1. Previewing.
  2. Reading in blocks of text rather than word-by-word or letter-by-letter—especially for skilled readers—quickly allowing eyes to move from cluster to cluster and relying on peripheral vision.[source]
  3. Whether you are doing visualization exercises or simply trying to speed things up by using visual cues, try taking keywords out of the book so that they register all at one time via peripheral vision.

Speed reading gets us only so far; comprehension matters too!

Summarization Skills & Strategies

Main Idea Extractor Technique

Understandably young minds find summarizing what’s being spoken difficult leave alone when written down. Engage them by pointing out phrases which highlight essential themes (or content) i.e., aka main idea extractor technique.

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