ONE THING PARENTS CAN DO TO MAKE THEIR CHILDREN BETTER READERS
"Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare." - Henry G. Strauss.
There has been one main request I've heard from parents for many years, and it's the reason I began documenting the reading activities that I use with my students. Parents want to know WHAT MORE they can do. You see, we all understand the importance of regularly reading with our children at home. The majority of us do just that. But we have new readers, struggling readers, readers who are disinterested, or readers who are bored because they don't feel challenged enough. "Just reading" to or with them might not fully provide the support they need.
The ONE main thing parents can do to further enhance their children's reading abilities is to TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER. What do I mean by that? Add an interaction, a reaction, a question, or an observation to your reading. This simple habit adds expansion and interest to the activity while forcing children to think a little more about what they're doing. Minor nuances in our modeling, interpretation, discussion, and performance of reading or communication can profoundly affect the impact daily reading has on our children.
So, how do we take it further? Here are a few easy examples.
Expanding upon baby's language development: Nature Walk
Adding performance to aid comprehension: Character Voices
Energizing the mundane task of memorization: Scrambled Eggs
Adding action to a normally passive activity: Illustrate A Story
Providing enrichment to further stimulate thinking and creativity: Time Capsule
Using a visual aid to assist with decoding words: Reading Strategies
For additional ways to take reading one step further, visit our activities page. A new companion edition to the Reading House is currently in development and it will be filled with handouts such as those on our website. Parents can refer to these activity sheets as they read with their children to enhance the learning experience exponentially.
Diane DiMemmo is a former elementary teacher and current tutor for struggling and advanced readers. She developed many hands-on reading games for her active classroom learners that worked equally well during home tutoring sessions. The parents of her students noticed the positive results so they began using the same strategies at home with their other children.
At their request, Diane compiled all of her reading games and routines into a book titled THE READING HOUSE, which is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Sign up for the Reading Blueprints Blog to receive the latest engaging and interactive reading activities!