10 Learning to Read Do’s and Don’ts

  • 10 Learning to Read Dos and DontsDo challenge your child by occasionally choosing a book that is above their current reading level. Nothing too hard though, but something that will introduce them to new words. Always remember the Five Finger Rule to gauge how difficult or easy a book will be.
  • Don’t continue reading a book if it turns out to be too hard. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t finish it! You can always tell your child that they can try reading it again when they’ve had more reading practice.
  • Do introduce your child to the five W’s to discuss what you’re reading – who, what, when, where and why. Encourage them to ask questions starting with each.
  • Don’t give them all the answers right away. If your child is having trouble reading a word, let them try to sound it out for themselves, but give them a hint if they’re really having trouble.
  • Do encourage your child’s involvement when you are reading to them. Ask them to turn the pages, or if they seem like they’re drifting off, ask them ‘What do you think is going to happen next?”
  • Don’t pick a book that your child has already seen on TV or at the movies. Spoiler alert – once they know the plot, they’re likely to lose interest.
  • Do take regular trips to the library. It’s probably the best place to expose your child to a variety of different book genres, plus it can be fun to get out of the house and read in a different environment.
  • Don’t use reading time as a threat or bargaining chip, e.g. ‘If you do your reading you can watch TV for a bit’ or ‘If you don’t clean your room there’ll be no story for you tonight!’ It may be tempting, but it’s always a bad idea to associate reading with any other incentive than learning and having fun.
  • Do let your child see you reading around the house. Be conspicuous about it – let them see that you enjoy reading and that it’s something you do for pleasure. Something as simple as reading the newspaper or a magazine will do!
  • Don’t let your busy lifestyle get in the way of your daily reading sessions with your child. Try and read together every day, or if you lead a super busy lifestyle, at least most days. I’m sure you know by now, but it bears repeating – regular reading practice is very important for developing readers.

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