Successful Readers

Helping Your Child Become a Successful Reader

Helping Your Child Become a Successful Reader

A Guide for Parents

by Bruce Johnson

You are your child’s first teacher, and your challenge is to help your child become a successful reader. Does this mean you need to present daily lessons? No. This merely means you need to take an active part in helping your child with reading aloud and related activities. “Helping Your Child Become a Successful Reader: A Guide for Parents” is full of suggestions and offerings on how to do just that, as well as how to have fun while doing that.

Presentation starts with addressing the read-aloud, that is the why, the how-to, and suggestions for reading aloud to children, as well as addressing attitudes and interests. It continues with help for pre-readers addressing pre-reading skills, phonemic awareness skills, and phonics skills. Presentation then continues with help for beginning readers, addressing vocabulary development, comprehension skills, and reading fluency. Included are suggestions for helping successful readers maintain skills, as well as suggestions for helping struggling and reluctant readers. Also included are helpful hints for getting involved in the school education process as well as activities for reading around the home, games to play, and summer activities.

You may be surprised at how much a simple daily effort will pay off. Someday your child will start reading to you, and better yet, someday your child will pass along these activities to your grandchildren. That will be doubly rewarding and fun to watch.

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Education / Parent Participation

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    The more your read, the better you get; the more better you get, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.

Jim Trelease

The Read Aloud Handbook

Table Of Contents
1. Meet the Challenge
2. What Reading Specialists Want Parents to Know
3. What is Reading
4. How to Help Pre-readers
5. How to Help Beginning Readers
6. How to Help Readers Maintain Skills
7. How to Help Reluctant and Struggling Readers
8. The Home and School Partnership
9. Reading Around the Home
10. Games Readers Play
11. Summer Activities
12. Parents Can Make a Difference
13. Free or Low-Cost Publications
14. References

20 Read Aloud Reminders
Read to your children every day.
Use Mother Goose to stimulate language development.
Use Dr. Seuss books to introduce and reinforce rhymes.
Choose alphabet books for beginning readers.
Read stories you and your children enjoy.
Discontinue reading books that are not being enjoyed.
Read slowly and with expression.
Children learn by imitation. You are a powerful role model.
Stop and discuss new vocabulary when appropriate.
Encourage children to build mental pictures.
Allow for short discussion before, during, and after the reading.
Remember to ask open-ended questions like “why” and “how.”
Try to connect or relate the reading to life.
Talk about what you are doing and why.
Stop when frustration hits.
Invite your child to read to you.
Transition to sustained silent reading.
Smile a lot.
Laugh at the funny parts.
Remember, above all, have fun.


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