Good reading skills are important elements of every child’s academic achievement. Without them, the children would not be able to understand what they read, leading to a decrease in self-confidence and lack of interest in studies. It is essential that these skills are nurtured during the learning years so that they are able to develop a love of reading.
Here are some tips that can help to improve reading skills in young children:
- Reading Interesting Content: If a child has interest in the type of content being read, he is more likely to stay attentive and be motivated to comprehend the information. The more he reads, the better he will be at drawing inferences and retaining the content for a longer span of time.
- Reading material according to capacity: The content being read must be suitable for the intellectual level of the child, or may be a little difficult. Going through extremely tough concepts or frequently looking up the dictionary for meaning of unknown words can be tedious. Staying within his comfort zone will boost his interest and prepare him to take on more difficult content later on.
- Preview the text: Before starting to read, let the child scan the entire contents and sub sections to get an idea of what the text is all about. Ask him to go through the pictures, side notes and questions at the end of the chapter. This will help him identify the content that is important and needs more concentration.
- Segregate content into chunks: While reading, make sure you stop the child after each paragraph to assess if he has understood it completely. Stop after a reading a chunk of text, ask him to summarize its important points, make notes, find the main idea and predict what would occur next. This will help to develop inference skills and recognize his problem areas.
- Repeated Reading: Reading any content again and again can help to develop fluency and understanding of the context. Make the child start reading with the sections that were slightly difficult or those he found to be more complicated. Repeated reading will lead to increased accuracy, self-correction and better pronunciations.
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