5 Quick Tips to Reading Proficiently

Simply calling words on a page isn't enough. Your child must also process and understand what they've read. This comes with practice and dialogue. By talking with your child before, during, and after their reading time, you are encouraging them to think about the words before them, rather than just regurgitate them as they see them on the page. It is our goal to aid your child in becoming a stronger reader. 

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In the event you aren't quite ready to jump aboard the Pretty Geeky Kids Club train, we've made a quick list of tips you can use at home to strengthen your son or daughter's reading skills.

1. Comprehension Starts in Conversation

Overreaching is a thing. It's that little annoying habit some parents have of trying to make everything about learning. We don't want to make you a learning drill sergeant however, we do want to make you intentional. The more you engage in conversation with your child, allowing them to build upon your statements, as well as their own, the more you impact their ability to comprehend on a deeper level. So as you're watching a movie, play games, even shopping for groceries, talk to them.

2. Show - Model the Behavior You Want to See

If you're like me, then you've struggled with how much to give when working with your child. I've learned that children need to see how it's done. When it's time to read, take the driver seat. Begin reading, discuss the main ideas, the problem, and resolution. Show them how you critically think. 

3. Observe

Now that you've modeled for them what it looks like to process text, allow them to take a turn. Have your child to read the book aloud. Ask them about the story, the details. Discuss the text in detail. Hold them accountable for carrying the conversation. If there are questions they are unable to answer, have them reread the text. 

4. Shape

I learned the S.O.S. model from my previous life as an accounting supervisor. This was how we trained new staff members. We would show them how it's done, and allow them to practice while we shadowed them to provide feedback on processes that could be improved. The same is true here. As your child reads, 'shape' their comprehension. Show them how to look for clues in the text. Share with them any reading tips, like, main ideas are often times mentioned at the very beginning. Over time they will be able to complete this process on their own.

5. Write

A telltale sign of comprehension is the ability to write. Written comprehension seems to be the hurdle that holds many children back. Get a head start by starting early. When you feel they have a solid foundation for verbal retell, introduce them to written comprehension. Have your son or daughter to write their answers. Their ability to do this clearly will improve their overall comprehension by leaps and bounds.

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