- Child Development
Based on a Supporting Our Young Readers At Home presentation given by Aspen Academy's Instructional Coach, Scott McFarland, 93% of students who read 20 minutes a day will be proficient readers by eighth grade. Reading is one of the hardest things to teach, and a lot of learning to read stems from home.
Here are some easy takeaways from Scott's presentation that can get your young reader interested in books:
Get a Library Card
The library is a great place for your child to be surrounded by books while also seeing other adults modeling reading behavior.
Keep Books Everywhere At Home
The more kids are exposed to books at home, the better. Display books in your study, living room, on your kitchen table, and in your child's bedrooms.
Encourage your kids to create reading nooks serving as a fun place for them to explore books, and have reading lights available to make reading more accessible.
Read More Independently
As the primary role model for your child, the more you model reading to them, the more they will want to read.
Create a habit of reading 15-20 minutes a day. Not on your computer, but reading a physical book or magazine so your child can understand what you are doing.
Read With Your Child
This one is somewhat obvious, but equally important. Read 15-20 minutes today with your child. This can include looking at pictures together, pointing out what you both find interesting, looking at different characters, and what you think the story about.
Feel free to read the book to your child several times until your child feels comfortable trying to read with you.
Learning to read takes time. Be supportive, and enjoy each step towards that milestone.
What tips and tricks do you have for supporting your young reader? Comment below!