WHO READS THE BOOK-
YOU OR YOUR CHILD?
Linda M. Penn
The obvious answer is that it depends on the age and reading ability of the child. Babies thru about age 3-4 must be read to, but what happens when the little one begins to master simple words?
This maturing by the child in reading is so exciting for a parent. It is tempting for an adult to try to push the child to read everything without help. Going, going, gone are those cuddly, quiet reading sessions together.
NOT SO FAST! Emerging readers can’t be expected to know how to read every word just because they know some words. Frustration and a dislike of reading could result for kids if too much pressure is put on them to read all words on their own. There is nothing wrong with helping your child and telling them words.
My rule of thumb is that if a child has trouble with three or more words in a shortparagraph, the book is probably above their comfort reading level. Please do not ask your little ones to read aloud every word if the book is above their comfort reading level. This would be the time for the adult to take over the reading of the book to the child.
Here I go again saying the same thing from previous Blogs, but I just have to say: Keep the reading time fun, light, relaxing – no yelling, no tears, no confrontations – just enjoyment!
Here’s wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. Enjoy those Christmas books during the holidays.
NEXT MONTH, I will begin a series of blogs about strategies adults can use to help their kids with reading. The first one will be: “Phonics –Good or Bad?”
By the way, I just can’t pass up making a comment about the headlines in today’s Louisville, KY Courier-Journal newspaper concerning teacher layoffs. Just HOW can we produce quality future leaders with less teachers?
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