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Ensure Great Reading Skills by Starting Early!

Building strong reading skills is critical for children as it is a fundamental skill that affects all areas of academic learning. It not only helps children develop their vocabulary and language skills, but also improves their critical thinking, problem-solving, and comprehension abilities. Furthermore, reading is essential for success in later years of education and in the workforce.

Some ways children can build stronger reading skills are to read every day. You can start with easier books or even read to your child if they aren’t reading independently just yet. Encourage your child to ask questions, use a variety of reading materials, discuss what they've read, and model strong reading skills. Reference what they’re reading about to the real world around them when possible and let them explore how the stories they’re reading affect their lives.

Reading regularly is essential for building the habit and love for reading. Motivate your child to read for at least 20 minutes every day, whether it's a book, magazine, or even a recipe. Starting with easier books also allows children to build their reading skills gradually. It helps build confidence and makes reading more enjoyable. When your child encounters a new word or concept, it is crucial to persuade them to ask questions. You can start on your own – ask them a few questions about the text, open the space for discussion. This will help them build their vocabulary and comprehension skills, while simultaneously showing them how interesting reading and discussing stories can be.

Encouraging your child to discuss what they've read with you is also a great way to help them develop their comprehension skills and foster a love of reading. Using reading apps and games can also be a great way to help children build their literacy skills in a fun and interactive way. There are many educational apps available that focus on reading skills such as phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary, and even some great games you can play at home.

While reading, it's important to create a quiet and comfortable reading environment for your child. This helps them concentrate on the text and improves their reading comprehension. A great way for kids to be comfortable while reading is to promote good reading habits for them from a young age. Children tend to model the behavior of the adults around them. Reading in front of your child and discussing what you read can inspire them to develop a love of reading. A real-life application of “monkey see – monkey do.” By incorporating these tips into your child's daily routine, you can help them build stronger reading skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. By building strong reading skills, children are better prepared to succeed in all areas of their academic and personal lives. Reading helps build a foundation of knowledge and is a lifelong skill that opens endless possibilities for learning and growth.

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