A Reading Specialist Talks About Strategies That Create Lifelong Readers
Creating avid readers is one of the best ways to produce a well educated student. Kids that start reading at a young age do better in their academic career and are more likely to attend college. Reading is one of the best ways to acquire new vocabulary. In addition, students are exposed to multiple genres of literature. The more reading one does, the more knowledge they can gain. People that read 65 minutes per day read over five million words per year!
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Surround Children with Books and Written Words
Get children used to seeing and reading books! Books from the bookstore, books from garage sales (a bargain), books from the library, books they make, books made with their families, books made at school, electronic books. Books made out of tin foil and permanent markers. All types of books!
Use Technology to Make Reading Fun
Families can enjoy literature with the use of technology. They can use i-pads, phones, laptops or other electronic devices to record reading. Children and teens can wear funny hats and make video recordings of them reading books that families can cherish forever. People can read to each other from different geographical locations using Skype. Imagine how much fun your family will have reading to family in another state! Kids will be elated to read!
Use Comprehension Strategies
- Talk about the book
- Act out parts of the story
- Discuss new words and key points
- Summarize the plot and main idea
- Have each person share their favorite part
Spark Children’s Interest in Books
Children should have the opportunity to read books that they are interested in. Kids like the ability to choose so it benefits younger children to choose what they would like to have read aloud. If they need help selecting a book, guide them to select an age appropriate book on a subject they might like.
Designate Family Reading Night
Designate one night per week as Book Night. Turn off the television and talk about and read books. Let children make their own books and share them with friends and family. Create a funny family book where each family member writes one page and then puts the book together. This family book is guaranteed to create giggles and put a smile on children’s faces. Self-created books create fond memories. Families will have a book they created together that they can save for a lifetime.
Become a Vocabulary Master
Point out words everywhere. Find words on the side of Starbucks cups, on billboards, in magazines at the doctor’s office, in papers sent in the mail, anywhere words are! Identify new words and make them exciting. Kids can circle the words with crayons, cut them out, highlight them and talk about the words. Look them up in the dictionary or in an online dictionary.
Children need to see adults reading. Adults can read the newspaper, books, and magazines. They can read on their i-Phones, Droids, i-Pads, Kindles, and other electronic devices. This sparks interest in reading! Let your child see you read. Kids especially need to see men reading. In most cases, young children mostly have female teachers and the mother is the one that reads the bedtime stories. Children need to see everyone, at every age, reading!
Read Online Books
In this tech savvy world, online books open up a whole new world for children. Anytime, anywhere, any subject. Utilizing online books helps kids get hooked on books and helps to make them lifelong readers! Visit Big Universe Learning www.biguniverse.com to access thousands of books online. Children love reading online books! Students can even put the books they read on an online bookshelf for everyone to see at www.biguniverse.com. Placing books on the bookshelf builds self-confidence for readers as they create a public display all of the online books they have read.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.4b Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4b Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.