Listening to a Child Read: An Important Tip for Parents
Talk about the books. There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; discuss the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, their favorite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood what they are reading and you will help them develop good comprehension skills.
A large vocabulary can turn your child into a better reader and writer. Try these everyday ways to help your child learn new words.
Keep your ears open: When you and your child go places, point out words that people use. Maybe a waiter describes an entree or the dentists talks about molars. Discuss what these words mean and then encourage your child to use them.
Go beyond nouns: Help your child add verbs and adjectives to his/her vocabulary. Sports or games offer opportunities to use action words. The ball soar through the air. The runner sprints to third base. The fan is holding a polka-dotted sign.
Don't forget to read each night for at least 20 minutes!