Parents are always asking our Coaches “how can I help my child to read better?” Well, the answer is simple – read to and with them. There is no shortcut or easy answer for this type of challenge. The best thing a parent can do is set aside reading time every single night to listen to their child(ren) read. Sit with your child and watch them read the words off of the page. Help them to sound out and pronounce any words they are having trouble with and make sure to ask questions. Asking questions is a great way to tell if your child is reading words or reading and understanding material!
We also suggest two reading sessions on Saturdays and Sundays, one in the morning and one at night. The first reading session in the morning should be the same as weekday reading; your child should read for an hour to you and while sitting next to you. The night reading session, however, has to be different. This is when your child should be listening to you read. Why? It does help with the development of understanding information delivered to them and it helps them understand reading patterns and breathing patterns.
As a society, we are always looking to work smarter, not harder- which is why various apps are so popular. The problem is that working smarter not harder often skips the experience needed to get from point A to point B. If you need more tips on how to help your child spend more time reading, or how to parent a challenged reader, please contact us! We are here to help!