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How to help your child develop reading skills

Sugandha Tiwari
7 to 11 years

Created by Sugandha Tiwari
Updated on Jun 26, 2017

How to help your child develop reading skills

As we are about to head into the excitement of long summer holidays, you can make your child’s reading more fun and effective.

Reading at the primary level is very different from the middle school level. By the time children reach middle school, their reading requires learning of more complex skills—reading at this age is all about finding information and exploring sources, analysing content and using it for problem solving.

Let’s have a look at some of the activitiesyou can use to attain success in strengthening your child’s reading skills:

  • Read aloud a variety of content to your child. Use books of different categories, both easy and difficult, to enhance vocabulary and fluency. Sometimes you should read while your child just listens, and at other times encourage your child to read along with you.
  • Keep the dictionary handy, instead of a mobile app. Encourage use of a dictionary at all times. Help your child maintain a folder on the computer or a little diary, with all the new words learnt. These can be later used in creative writing.
  • Before reading a particular piece of text, ask your child to think about and visualize what you are about to read. Later ask him/her to write a short summary.
  • In between reading, encourage your child to use their imagination. For eg. while reading, stop in the middle and ask them to predict what will happen next.
  • Encourage note taking while reading. Ask your child to sit with a notebook. Make him draw a line dividing the page into two. Towards the end of the reading session, he can write the main ideas and key words on one side and details on the other side from his memory.
  • Let them highlight text while reading. Model the skill first by guiding them to highlight only the relevant point, vocabulary, key characters, dates or details.
  • After you have read the text, have your child identify and retell the causes of actions or events and their effects.
  • Identify and retell the sequence of events.
  • Use simple story frames, like before reading have four questions ready –“the problem of the story is, this is a problem because, the problem is solved when, in the end.” After reading, have the child answer these questions.
  • Another way of using a story frame is by simply having three sections to answer – beginning, middle and end.
  • Then there are charts that specifically set the purpose of reading. There are three questions to answer here – “What I know, what I want to learn, what I learned”. The first two can be answered before you begin reading and the third after the text has been read.

Were these tips helpful for you? What methods do you use to to encourage your child’s reading habit? Tell us in the comments below!

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| Jul 17, 2017

very nice..

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| Jul 17, 2017

Very nice

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| Jul 17, 2017

great idea

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| Jul 13, 2017

superb ideas....

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| Jul 07, 2017

very nice idea's . thank you

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| Jul 07, 2017

really gr8 idea. Will try soon.

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| Jul 06, 2017

Yes... i too would like to know about the list of story books for a fourth grade kid.

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| Jul 02, 2017

Good ideas my younger son is in 4th standard suggest some books for reading

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| Jul 01, 2017

nice ideas

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| Jun 30, 2017

good idea

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| Jun 30, 2017

its really gud.. thanks

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| Jun 30, 2017

very helpful.. thanks

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| Jun 28, 2017

very nice thank u

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| Jun 28, 2017

thanks. I will try

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| Jun 28, 2017

Excellent... Very thoughtful... I'll start practicing today..

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| Jun 26, 2017

I like it.

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