Do you have a little reader at home?

Our country’s literacy rates are improving each year. But we still have more work to catch up with other developed nations. Literacy is an essential skill, and a household that supports reading from a young age will help ensure success for their children.

By encouraging reading and creating a culture of literacy in your home, you’ll be helping your child succeed. It’s essential to understand how to keep a child reading.

Here are a few helpful tips for improving your child’s reading milestones.

Start Early

It is essential to start early when helping your children reach reading milestones. Reading is a fundamental skill, and it helps build learning development, creativity and helps with problem-solving.

Creating an environment that encourages reading early is key. Start with reading sessions as early as six months old. This can help children build a fascination for books as a primary form of entertainment. 

Make Reading a Regular Part of Your Everyday Routine

Start by setting aside time each day to read when your child is most comfortable and likely to participate enthusiastically. Reading stories develops into conversations about the stories that you are reading. This allows your child to tell you what they know and help you identify what your child does not know.

Participate with him or her in regular reading activities. This includes asking questions, explaining new words, and acting out characters.

Also, try to find out what your child enjoys reading and encourage them to share what they learned with others. Building a regular reading routine will help your child build important skills and knowledge that will support their success in school.

Create a Library

You can start by taking your child to the local library and allowing them to pick out books or stories of interest. You can also buy books, magazines, and other materials to help foster your child’s reading skills.

It’s essential to include various materials, from newspapers to publishers of children’s literature. This is to ensure your child is learning different types of writing styles and challenging themselves. The more your child can access and explore, the better their understanding of literature and language skills will become.

Once you have gathered your selection of books, be sure to place them in an area of the home that is accessible for your child. By creating an inviting and supportive library atmosphere, children can develop a love for reading.

Consider Books With Age-Appropriate Topics

Consider books with age-appropriate topics when helping your child reach essential reading milestones at home. This helps ensure your child is engaging with material that is both interesting and challenging.

Workbooks to improve vocabulary can be helpful too. They can provide opportunities to grow reading comprehension and choose the right word in context.

Reading should offer a unique learning opportunity and be enjoyable and age-appropriate. As a parent, you can find books with topics that your child will enjoy and explore topics that offer essential life lessons.

Start with books that feature short sentences, large fonts, simple words, and much white space on the page. These books can serve as excellent supplements to readers to ensure your child is comfortable with the material and can apply the reading to real-life scenarios.

Explore Other Reading Materials

Immersing children in a variety of reading materials, such as magazines, newspapers, or even online articles, can be an excellent way to reinforce literacy skills and introduce new words and concepts. As children become more confident, exploring other materials can also become a great way to bond with your child.

With magazines, newspapers, and online articles, parents can guide their children in creating a reading list of interesting topics. This allows them to explore their interests while practicing their reading and comprehension.  

Share Books With Your Family and Friends

By reading a story with friends or family members, children are able to expand their literary experience and knowledge in a fun and engaging way. Additionally, sharing books with your friends or other family members allows you to broaden the reach of your literary influence even further.

Offering books to friends and family members also lets children feel proud that they can share their love of reading with others.

Encourage Your Child to Tell Stories After They’ve Read a Book

This helps them process the material they’ve read, understand the characters, and unfold the plot. It also helps them to use their own words and language, develop their creative thinking, and improve their speaking skills.

Furthermore, providing open and safe spaces for children to share their stories increases their self-confidence. It encourages a love for reading.

Talk to your child about the story, ask questions to fill in any knowledge gaps, and let them take the lead when it comes to telling stories. These activities can help children progress in their reading.

Celebrate Successes

Every time your child meets or exceeds a reading goal, celebrate success. Give them a big hug, tell them how proud you are, and reward them with something special. This could be in the form of a sticker, a special activity, or a treat.

Celebrating successes helps to reinforce the behavior and allows the child to create a sense of accomplishment. It also lets the child know that reading is valued and is something to be proud of. Be sure to provide plenty of support, encouragement, and time and resources to succeed.

Raise a Reader and Support Their Reading Milestones Starting Today

As parents, having a strong foundation in understanding our child’s reading milestones is key to helping them develop and grow. By committing to an ongoing and consistent practice of supporting and involving your child in age-appropriate reading activities, you can help shape their love for reading and have fun in the process!

Now is the time to start! Keep things fun, and let the reading begin!

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