Tutoring provides much needed support for those who struggle with reading–scaffolding to help learn vocabulary, comprehend new texts, build fluency and decode challenging words. At its best, tutoring meets a child at his or her point of need and provides help with what that child needs.
But you don’t have to tutor to help. Just read!
What’s the single most important strategy for improving reading? Reading. The more someone reads the better they get. So grab a good book and read with child. It’ll help.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you read with a younger reader. For younger readers and emergent readers:
- Let the child hold the book and turn the pages.
- Allow the child to set the pace. We tend to go too quickly but give time to look at the pictures, ask and answer questions, or just talk about what’s going on.
- Listen, listen, listen. Whatever the child wants to talk about, listen and go with it. Restate what he or she just said (put it in your own words) and add to those thoughts. Create a conversation.
- Ask open-ended questions like: “What did you like?” or “What do you think will happen next?”
- Use that book to talk about other good books…and find one and read that book.
Most of all, have fun! Read and share a good book.
- Let the child hold the book and turn the pages
- Let the child set the pace
- Take time to look and talk—look at the pictures and talk about the book
- Listen, listen, listen
- Talk about their ideas and check your predictions from the picture walk
- Ask, “What did you like?”
- Talk about other good books and reading