1. Reading strategy 1: Try reading together

    Read out loud with your child. Take turns, so that you read aloud to your child and your child reads aloud to you.

    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.

    Read more: “What Are the Benefits of Reading Aloud?” from the Center for Teaching

  2. Reading strategy 2: Try reading the same books again and 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!

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  3. Reading strategy 3: Try making it a game to improve reading skills

    Use a timer to track how quickly your child reads out loud. (But only if your child wants to! Timing a child’s 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.

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