Are you raising a “word caller?”
It sounds kind of naughty when put that way. A “word caller” understands the connection between letters and sounds. They appear to read well, but actually don’t comprehend the material—they merely call out words.
Raising kids who love to read is an important part of this journey from the cradle to college.
I recently spoke with Susan Zimmermann, author of 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!
I got the scoop on how to inspire my little bookworms. Check it out:
- Talk to your child about what they just read. Ask questions, like: Can you picture that in your head? What do you think will happen next? This will give you a sense of your child’s level of comprehension.
- Turn the world into a classroom. You don’t have to wait for story time to practice letters and words. Look to the environment for writing. Street signs, buildings, even candy wrappers offer your child a chance to read and sharpen their language skills.
- Set a good example. Read to your child early and often. Just as important, allow your child to see you reading.
- Go beyond picture books. Keep a variety of reading materials at home, in the car, etc. You don’t have to stick to picture books and early readers. Even more advanced materials that require your child to make sense of letters and symbols can boost their language development.
- Limit screen time. Television is often a passive activity. Kids don’t use their imagination in the same way they would with a book.
- Find books on your child’s favorite topics. If your child loves dinosaurs, make sure you hit that section of the book store. Visit the library and let your child explore.
- Aim for quality family time. There is no substitute for talking with and reading to your child. Turn off the TV, put away the smartphone, and get lost in a good conversation.
To my readers: How do you get your kids excited about reading? What kind of books do you like to read?
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