One of the questions I have been asked the most as a teacher is, “How do I help my child become a better reader?” Successful readers do four things: sound out words, read fluently, comprehend what they are reading, and love to read.
Step One – Word Attack
It is important for your child to be able to recognize letters and sounds. Phonics and sight words are a large part of this step. I have posted phonetic sight word lists, Dolch sight word lists, and Ekwall sight word lists for your child to practice. Once your child knows the patterns and sight words, it’s time for him or her to move on to step two.
Step Two – Fluency
In this step, your child will put together the words and sounds they have learned to read passages. It’s best for them to start with phrases, such as Fry’s Phrases, and then move on to full passages.
Step Three – Comprehension
Once your child can read fluently at their grade level, it’s time for them to move on to comprehenison. I have a full artice about how to improve your child’s reading comprension here. It also includes free reading comprehension printables.
Step Four – Love of Reading
The final step is the most rewarding. Once your child can read stories at his or her grade level and understand what is being read, fostering a love of reading is a must. One way I have done this in my own classroom, is by reading from a series. Once children are comfortable with that series, they are more likely to read it on their own. Find ways to motivate your child to read and favorite reading series by age group here.