Three ways to improve your child's reading

How to help your child become a better reader.

By GreatSchools Staff

1) Read it together

Read out loud with your child.
Why? In one study, a group of boys three years behind grade level gained an average of 1.9 years after just 7 hours and 30 minutes of reading aloud one-on-one with their teacher.

2) Read it again

Have your child read the same sections from a book a few times in a row. Have her read the same sections again the next day.
Why? Three reasons: Repeating what they read improves children’s understanding of those sections. It also helps them better understand whatever they read next. Finally, once a child perfects one section of reading, she has more confidence as a reader. A child who is a confident reader will want to read more!

3) Time and track

Use a watch to time how quickly your child reads out loud. (But only if he wants to! Timing his reading should feel like a game, not like extra pressure.)
Why? Children who can measure how their reading is improving become excited to read more and try even harder passages.