Bluegrass Learning Services Guest Article: “Reignite the Reading Flame!”

By Maria Purichia, bluegrasslearning.com
Thursday, November 20th, 2014 1:00 PM CST

Reading is a fundamental life skill, yet many struggle with it on a daily basis. As the world changes and develops, we are constantly exposed to new concepts and vocabulary. It is important that we continuously enhance our knowledge and understanding of our rapidly changing world. Being a great reader will help make that happen.

Let’s get back to the basics. Reading can be fun! Unfortunately, too many people, young and old, have   already developed a negative attitude toward reading. Here are a few ideas you can use at home to help foster an   interest in reading, regardless of age.

  • 1. Motivation – Choose topics of interest. This can be a variety of texts (magazines, signs, online games   and articles, etc.). Let reading be fun and don’t force it if there is no interest. The development of   interest will fuel the motivation to read.
  • 2. Exposure to a variety of materials – Take a “picture walk” and talk about what is happening on each   page before reading. Read wordless (picture) books.
  • 3. Model Reading and talk through your own thought processes aloud; for example, “I wonder why…;   Let’s see what will happen next; They must feel happy because…; The sign says we must go this way.”   Identify and read signs, labels, etc. Children need to be taught how to think through scenarios and   situations. Modeling this will help them in the development of their own thought processes while   helping them develop into independent thinkers. Also, let your child see you reading for pleasure.   Knowing that reading is of interest to you is great for them to observe and it surpasses all other reading   factors.
  • 4. Read Aloud – Listening comprehension and fluency are also important skills that supports reading.   Reading aloud provides the opportunity to model appropriate tone and intonation.
  • 5. Partner reading – Try different types of reading to practice. You might take turns reading each page, or   every other line. Try reading in different voices or letting your child reread short sentences after hearing   you read them. Make it a positive experience. If your child comes to a word he/she does not know, just   tell them the word and go on. This is not a time to increase the stress level, but more to have a positive   experience with you and reading.
  • 6. Talk about what you have read – This is a relaxed conversation, not drilling questions with right or   wrong answers. You might ask questions like: “What did you like? What was your favorite/least favorite   part? How did the characters feel? Why do you think that?” There are no wrong answers here. This is an   opportunity to develop thinking and comprehension skills, which increases language development and   communication.

Hopefully this has boosted your motivation to read as well. If you have a child that is struggling with reading,  give us a call at 270-925-2148 or visit our website at www.bluegrasslearning.com to learn how experienced and   certified teachers can help. Happy reading!

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