• Tips for Families to Create Successful Readers

    Make Reading A Daily Routine
    Research shows that reading to children every day is key to
    raising successful readers. Set a time every day; even ten to
    fifteen minutes is a great place to start, add time as you can. .

    Choose a Quiet Time and Place
    Set aside a quiet time with little to no distractions. Find a
    comfortable to place to sit together. Make reading a special
    activity for you and your child.

    Help Your Child Select Books
    Look for titles that are appropriate based on their interests and
    reading ability. Want some help in learning how to do this? Check
    out the Recommended books in the myON library.

    Make Reading Interactive
    Read using voices that are interesting and playful. Talk with your child and encourage them
    to make connections to their own experiences or real world. Allow time for you and your
    child to ask questions, make observations, and enjoy the text.

    Expand Language and Vocabulary
    Encourage your child to point to pictures that match the words being read, as well as read
    aloud familiar words. Explain new words and direct your child's attention to certain pictures,
    to provide details and meaning.
    Build Reading Stamina
    Reread familiar books with your child. Rereading provides a sense of
    satisfaction and success. Once your child is reading at a particular
    reading level, they need to read many books at that level, allowing
    them to practice and develop the ability to continue reading for longer
    periods of time.


    Top 10 Reasons to Read Aloud to Your Child - At Any Age
    Regardless of the age of your child, reading aloud is an important ritual, even when your child knows how to read. Here are
    some of the many reasons why:
    1. Children understand at a higher level than they can read.
    Learners can typically comprehend text that is 2 or more grade levels above
    their independent reading level.
    2. Build vocabulary.
    The more words you use, the more words a child knows and can use.
    Children's books have been shown to use more unique words than television,
    movies, or other media. New words encountered in context are easier to
    define and understand.
    3. Improved achievement.
    Numerous studies show a direct correlation between reading to a child and
    academic success. Students who are read to have a higher aptitude for
    learning and more positive attitude about school.

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    4. Develop a love of reading.
    Research shows that motivation, interest, and engagement are enhanced when reading aloud. This can improve
    children's attitudes about books and foster a love of reading.
    5. Help them be better writers.
    Linguistic information is best stored in the brain auditory. Children who listen to books being read over many years
    are more likely to develop competence in written and verbal communication skills.
    6. Help us talk about tough issues.
    When you have to talk to your child about a difficult topic, books (both fiction and nonfiction) can be useful. For
    parents, a book can help lessen anxiety; for the child, a book can provide context and make it easier to ask
    7. Broadens their horizons.
    When children pick their own books, they tend to pick the same type of texts (over and over). Children tend to be
    more open to new genres and themes when read aloud.
    8. Improve decision-making.
    When reading with your child, you have the opportunity to discuss topics and ideas that might not come up in the
    normal course of events. Children's author Katherine Patterson said, "Books are a dress rehearsal for life."
    9. Bonding time.
    Spending time reading with your child is an opportunity to get closer, both physically and emotionally. Even if you
    don't snuggle up, just being close to your child to share a book can foster deep bonding.
    10. Your child wants you to.
    83% of children across all age groups say they love to be read to.



Last Modified on December 14, 2020