Set aside a regular time to read with your children every day.  Try to read with your child 15 to 30 minutes a day at a regularly scheduled time. It is important to read aloud to your child, and it is also important to listen to them read to you. 

  1. Help your child find a comfortable, quiet place to read.
  2. Look at the cover of the book and flip through the pages, talking together about what the book might be about.
  3. Listen attentively as your child reads.
  4. Take turns. You read a sentence/paragraph and have your child read the next one. As your child becomes more at ease with reading aloud, take turns reading a full page. Keep in mind that your child may be focusing on how to read, and your reading helps to keep the story alive.
  5. To help children become independent readers who monitor and correct themselves as they read, try the following ideas before saying “sound it out”.

      “What would make sense there?”

      “What do you think that word could be?”

      “Use the picture to help you figure out what it could be.”

      “Go back to the beginning and try that again.”

      “Skip over it and read to the end of the sentence (or paragraph). Now what do you think it is?”

      “Put in a word that would make sense there.”

      “You read that word before on another page. See if you can find it.”

      Help them use what they know about letters and sounds.

      Supply the correct word.
Keep reading time relaxed and enjoyable.  Show enthusiasm for your children's reading. Your reaction has a great influence on how hard they will try to become good readers.  Be sure to tell your children how proud you are of their efforts and skills. 
Surround your children with reading material. One way to do this is to take children to the library every few weeks to get new reading materials.  Try to find interesting books and magazines at your children’s reading level.
Encourage a wide variety of reading activities.  Have your children read menus, roadside signs, game directions, weather reports, movie time listings, and other practical everyday information.

Use a variety of aids to help your children. To help your children improve their reading, use textbooks, computer programs, and books on tapes. Games are especially good choices because they let children have fun as they practice reading.