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You will find the basic fundamentals of teaching a child to read in simple, easy-to-understand language that can be implemented the minute you set this book down. You are your child's first and most ...

You will find the basic fundamentals of teaching a child to read in simple, easy-to-understand language that can be implemented the minute you set this book down. You are your child's first and most important teacher

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  • Teach Your Child To Read Or Else
  • How To Nurture Good Independent Reading Habits for Your Child Your child's teacher has told you that regular, independent reading outside of school is the best way to improve your child's fluency and raise their reading level. This practice has not been a part of your routine at home and you need some practical suggestions of how to implement a program for your child. Following are simple, easy to apply strategies. Create a routine. Your child's teacher will most likely recommend (or require) reading for twenty to thirty minutes a day. Help your child make this a habit. Sometimes reading at the same time every day is the best practice. Some kids, like adults, like to read at bedtime, but comprehension may break down as your child becomes sleepy. If they read in bed, going to bed earlier than their bedtime is a good idea. Keep a reading log to record how well they are sticking to the daily practice.
  • 2. Provide a quiet, comfortable place to read. It's hard to concentrate with the TV on, music playing, or the phone ringing. Ask your child where they feel most comfortable. Sitting, reclining on pillows, or even lying down is fine as long as they are still able to concentrate. Be sure there is adequate lighting. Also, be sure to get regular eye exams for your child should they need reading glasses. Sometimes when children are reluctant to read, it is because their eyes feel strained.
  • Settling in to read should be a cozy, special time when children can let their imaginations go. For younger children, a ‘reading buddy' in the form of a stuffed animal can be a motivating companion, or a special blanket, pillow, or chair can encourage strong habits.
  • 3. Be positive, but firm when it comes to regular practice. Use a positive, not nagging tone when it comes to practice reading. Be flexible, but firm. You want the time spent to be productive- you don't want them just staring at the page, but it may take them several minutes to settle into their book. The sustainable time that they can concentrate and the facility with which they can ‘get into' their books will improve and increase over time, so have patience. It may seem at first like your child is only spending five minutes or so actually reading, but keep at it.
  • 4. Teach your child to use a bookmark. It may sound obvious, but many kids lose their spot and can't remember where they left off. Keeping that bookmark tucked in place will help them to pick up with their book at any time and be less disrupted by pausing their reading. Sticky notes work very well because they don't fall out and because they can stick it right underneath the line where they left off. Almost anything works as a bookmark and it certainly isn't necessary to spend five dollars on one from the bookstore. Implement a tracker if they have a hard time keeping their place. A tracker is used to underscore the line your child is reading. This is helpful for when the reader easily loses their place when reading. It takes a little practice: one hand holds the book; the other hand moves the tracker down. They will sustain comprehension better and waste less time finding their place when they look away from their book for a moment. Very early readers may track word by word with a fingertip, but more advanced readers should be taking on a whole line at a time. In fact, using a translucent strip of colored plastic (perhaps a ruler) will allow your child to see not only the line they are reading, but also the upcoming line. www.amazon.com/-/e/B0055ATA10