Awesome Reading Tips for Children

  • Read aloud to your child every day beginning by 6 months of age (if not earlier). Read books more difficult than the child could read independently, as it will continue to improve vocabulary. As your child becomes more proficient in reading, share the reading.
  • Use words that will help your child understand the connection between the word and meaning. Point out objects and say the word – in books, in stores, in the neighborhood, and in your home.
  • Have books available in every room, so your child will be able to look at books often.
  • Tell stories to your child using your own experiences.
  • Help your child learn to recognize letters, numbers, and shapes.
  • Read a story to your child and then ask him or her to tell the story back to you. Ask your child questions during reading the story. Have the child predict what will happen next, guess the ending, or how he would solve the problem. These skills encourage two-way communication as well as check for understanding.
  • Encourage your child to select various types of books to read – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s magazines, etc. Find books to match your child’s interests (cars, animals, sports, etc).
  • Take books with you wherever you go – keep them in the car, carry them with you to dentist appointments, etc.
  • Use a KWL chart- CLICK HERE to download. There are other graphic organizers that can help improve reading comprehension, too.
  • Write notes to your child, and have your child write notes to you or other family members.
  • Encourage reading everyday for pleasure, and make sure your child sees you reading, too.
  • Play games that require following simple directions, listening, and taking turns. Older children can play Scrabble, Boggle, and crossword puzzles.
  • Give magazine subscriptions and books as gifts.
  • Have your child read to younger brothers and sisters.
  • Ask your child to review a movie or book for you, either verbally or in writing.
  • Encourage using the newspaper to find different types of information.
  • Visit for free reading worksheets and games for children Pre-K to second grade.
  • CLICK HERE for my favorite website for free reading units. I have used this site for years, and I consider it one of the best kept secrets for parents and teachers on the web.
Check out these videos below.

Reading tips for early elementary

Reading tips for upper elementary