Helping Your Child Become a Better Reader

Successful readers do four things: sound out words, read fluently, comprehend what they are reading, and love to read.

Step One: Word Attack
It’s important for your child to be able to recognize letters and sounds. Phonics and sight words are crucial to your child’s development. Dolch’s sight word lists and Ekwall’s sight words list are excellent tools to assist with sight words. Once your child is familiar with the patterns and sight words, it’s time for him or her to move on to step two.

Step Two: Fluency
Fluency is the step in which your child puts together words and sounds to read passages. It’s best to start with phrases, such as Fry’s Phrases, and then move to on to full passages.

Step Three: Comprehension
Once your child can read fluently at their grade, it’s time to move on to comprehension.

Step Four: Love of Reading
Fostering a lifelong love of reading is a must. One of the best ways children can develop a love a reading is by reading from a series.