Reading is an integral part of a child’s life.
As a child learns to read and needs to hone better reading skills, there are three simple reading strategies parents can use at home.
As a mom of a couple of struggling readers, I have incorporated these strategies in our home and seen amazing results.
Strategy #1: Read Alouds
Read alouds build vocabulary, model an adult reading, and open up the imagination.
As a parent reads to a child, they have more freedom to visualize the story in their head.
Visualizing the characters and actions is an important key to good reading comprehension skills.
There are several ways that I incorporate read alouds into our daily routine.
We always have a read aloud book during morning time.
This year we are following the Brave Writer Arrow Program.
Some of our favorite read aloud books have been The One and Only Ivan, Free Baseball, Dr. Dolittle, and the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Need more inspiration? Nourishing My Scholar has 35 Favorite Read Aloud Books.
Strategy #2: Student Reads Aloud
By having your child read aloud, you can focus on inflection and tone.
Children learn best by practice. When a child reads aloud, you can help them with correct pause, pronunciation, and sounding out difficult words.
In our home, we use a small portion of our English school time to read aloud to mom. I always try to keep the book a slight under their reading level to boost confidence.
I also have used this list for some of my struggling readers.
Strategy #3: Reading On Own
Reading silently is a great way for children to learn new words, new ideas, and become more proficient at speed.
An easy way to incorporate this strategy into your every day life is to promote reading before bed.
I simply cannot fall asleep without reading a little before bed. It has been part of my bedtime routine for so long that it is a habit I do without thinking.
By encouraging my own children to read silently before bed, I am hoping they too will catch this habit.
(Want to see the books I am reading before bed? Click here to see the 52 books I will read in 2017.)
How a Family Bible Time Can Incorporate All Three Reading Strategies
Reading the Bible as a family is a perfect way to include these three reading strategies.
It can be as simple as reading out loud, taking turns having your kids read aloud, and then spending some time in quiet time reading.
Our family Bible time has looked different over the years.
Toddler Family Bible Time
When I had only had toddlers, my favorite resource for family bible time was using a flannel board.
Yes, I know we are going old school, but I found the flannel board to be an effective way to hold a toddler’s attention.
Preschool Family Bible Time
For my preschoolers, I like to read through a toddler or preschool bible that has beautiful illustrations.
Here are some of my favorite preschool Bibles:
Elementary-Aged Family Bible Time
I encourage my elementary-aged kids to read their Bibles on their own every day.
I usually have them follow my Bible reading plan (She Reads Truth), so we can talk about the chapters together.
I also am a huge fan of Apologia resources.
We are currently working through Who is God?
Incorporate Reading Strategies in a Morning Time
Morning time as a family is another great way to incorporate reading strategies.
If you are new or want to revamp your morning time, click here to see my full post on Morning Time Resources.
I hope you are inspired to raise lifelong readers be incorporating these strategies.