Menu

Helping Your Child Become a Good Reader

By: National PTA
Parents want the best for their children. Reading can open a window on the world, bringing chances to learn, enjoy and create. Even though schools teach reading and writing, home is the first and best place for your child's love of reading to grow.

Begin to read to your child as a baby. While infants can't understand your words, they love being close to you, hearing your voice, looking at pictures and touching the pages of a book. Singing songs and repeating nursery rhymes and fingerplays will build your child's pre-reading skills. As your child grows, look at picture books and simple stories together. Leave time to talk before, during and after the story.

  • Talk about the pictures.
  • Ask your child to guess what will happen next. When little children look at picture books, they try to tell a story. They compare what happens in the story with what they know about life. For instance, many toddlers have a hard time learning to dress themselves. Yet they can laugh when a baby bunny puts both feet in the same pants leg.
  • Ask if your child liked the story. Why or why not? What was the best part?
  • The next time you read the book together, let your child retell the story as you turn each page. Your child will remember more each time.
  • Keep a bag with a few of your child's favorite books and some new stories. Take it whenever you go out, in case you have to wait somewhere.
Reprinted with permission from the Parent Involvement area of National PTA's website, www.pta.org.

Reprints

For any reprint requests, please contact the author or publisher listed.

Add comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.
Sign up for our free newsletters about reading

Summer Reading Tips to Go! Delivered to your mobile phone in English or Spanish. Sign up today!
Advertisement
Reading Blogs
Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
July 10, 2014
June 24, 2014
"A book is a gift you can open again and again." — Garrison Keillor