15 Simple Ways to Boost Your Child’s Reading Confidence

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For children who struggle with reading, opening a book or reading in front of their peers in class can be an incredibly daunting experience.

Reading confidence matters. Developing reading proficiency is essential for achieving overall success in school, and children who shy away from reading are likely to encounter even greater obstacles in the future.

To nurture a child’s self-esteem it’s important for parents to be patient and encouraging. Here are some simple ways to boost your child’s reading confidence and put them on the right path towards a lifelong love of reading.

1. Appreciate the sweat and tears. Struggling with reading can be both mentally and emotionally exhausting for a child. Make it clear that you acknowledge their effort when they try.

2. Give them control. Visit a bookstore or library and let them choose their own books. Allow them to choose where to read and at what time in the day. Give your child some freedom and space to figure out what works best for them.

3. Bond. Laugh together. Pause and talk about the pictures. Forget about reading practice and focus more on enjoying the quality time together. Sooner or later, they’ll start associating reading with positive things.

4. Make a game out of it. There are so many fun reading games you can play with your child every single day to build up their confidence. Online reading programs like Reading Eggs give children the opportunity to progress at their own pace with the aid of bright animations, high-level interactivity and motivating rewards.

5. Talk excitedly about books. Show your child how fun it is to read by talking enthusiastically about books every day. Ask questions about books you’ve read together and discuss the parts you liked best.

6. Make it relevant. Demonstrate the usefulness of reading by making it as relevant as possible. Going to a natural history museum? Read a book about animals. Baking a delicious cake? Read the ingredients you need from a recipe.

7. Don’t push too hard. Challenging your child every now and then is great, but if your child wants to read the same book for the twentieth time, allow it. Let them feel proud about reading a book from cover to cover without needing your help. This is important for building their confidence.

8. Do paired reading every day. It should go without saying, but reading together every day is one of the most helpful ways you can build your child’s confidence. Take turns reading each page or give them one word in each line to read.

9. Give privacy. Allow your child some alone time to read without any fear of judgement. They won’t have to worry about taking too long to finish a line or getting stuck on a word.

10. Read to the family dog or cat. Companion animals make the perfect audience and eliminate the fear of being judged. If you don’t have an animal at home, your child can read to a younger sibling or even to their toys.

11. Show them that struggle is normal. Don’t fret over hiding your own weaknesses, in fact, letting your child see you get stuck on certain words will help them understand that struggle is normal, even for grownups.

12. Don’t overcorrect. Resist the temptation to correct small mistakes. Remember, the overall goal is to build confidence. There will be plenty of opportunities to work on accuracy and fluency later.

13. Praise. No matter what level your child is at, remind yourself how far they’ve come, even if they’ve made relatively small progress. Praise constantly. It will encourage them to keep improving.

14. Write your own books together. Home-made books are a fantastic way to build your child’s fluency. After all, reading a familiar story is great fun! Start with a few words, some drawings or photos on each page, and a simple title, like ‘Sarah’s First Trip to the Beach’.

15. Look beyond books. Building your child’s reading confidence doesn’t have to come from books. Comics, video games, trading cards, board games, shopping lists, cereal boxes – you name it – are all things your child can read to build up their self-esteem.

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6 Ways to Get Your Child Excited For Back to School

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The first few weeks of back to school can either be filled with excitement or dread. There are several reasons for why children might be feeling the latter – from being nervous about meeting new friends to simply wanting to hang on to the carefree sentiment of the holiday period. But with the right tips, you can help your child feel eager and excited about starting the new school year.

1. Go back to school shopping

Shiny new shoes, glittery notepads and decorated binders are a great way to get your child motivated about going back to school. Take your child along for back to school shopping, equipped with a shopping list and a budget (for tips on creating a budget and shopping with kids check out our blog post on maths tips here). Going lunch shopping is also a fun activity too – your child will love picking out what snacks they would like for their first week of school.

2. Organise play dates

For some kids, going back to school means making new friends. Once the class list comes out, hop on the phone or email and start scheduling play dates with old and new friends to remind your child about one of the best parts about going back to school. Often children will talk excitedly about starting school together, and it’s always helpful to have a friend by their side on the very first day.

3. Have fun with labels

Children love stickers! Brand new items like school bags, lunchboxes, pencil cases and exercise books are just waiting to be decorated all over. Stock up on stickers, labels and colourful pens and let your child have fun personalising their new items in their own unique way – it will be a great way to motivate them to go back to school and show off to their classmates!

4. Sign up for extracurricular activities

Even if your child isn’t looking forward to cracking open the books and learning new things, they might get excited about sports, music or art. There are so many extra-curricular activities to suit all ages, capabilities and interests. If your child is excited about what’s to come after school, it may help them feel more motivated about waking up to a new school day.

5. Alphabet breakfasts

‘A’ on a Monday is for apple pancakes. ‘B’ on a Tuesday is for banana oatmeal. ‘C’ on a Wednesday is for cereal. Have some fun on the first week of school and plan an alphabet breakfast for each day of the week. Let your child suggest some ideas and even let them help with preparing the ingredients. It will be so much more fun to wake up on a school morning and say, “Today is a letter ‘E’ day for eggs on toast!”

6. Scrapbook your memories

Scrapping your child’s school year is a great way to create memories of a major part of your child’s life. Throughout the year, find opportunities to take photos and record memorable events and milestones. Let your child be a part of starting the new scrapbook for the year. Go shopping together to pick out stickers, pens and decals, and take photos of them in their school uniform on their first day or waiting for the bus for the very first time. Record what their favourite things are and what they want to be when they grow up – it’s always fun to watch how these things change over the years.

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Get Organised: Back To School Checklist

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Getting your child ready to start school doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little bit of organisation, you can concentrate of making your child’s first day of school a beautiful and memorable occasion.

Here’s a helpful checklist to help you prepare for your child’s first day of school. Good luck!

  • Get your emergency contact information together and make sure that your records are up-to-date with your school. Nominate an emergency contact who would be able to come and collect your child if you are not available.
  • Make sure your child has all their required immunisations up-to-date and check with your doctor if you are unsure. Notify your school if your child has any health issues, allergies or medications and double check that their teacher has this information too.
  • If you have an opportunity to meet the teacher, take advantage of it early and bring your child along. This will help to ease their nerves about what their teacher will be like, and will give you a chance to ask any relevant questions.
  • Practice getting to school with your child. Stress the importance of wearing a helmet if you’re riding a bicycle. If you’re walking to school, walk the route together and review pedestrian safety and crossing the road.
  • Stock up on nutritious foods and snacks for breakfast, lunches and after school.
  • Label school supplies such as uniforms, lunch boxes and bags. If your child has a knack for misplacing things, this will definitely come into good use for later!
  • Mark school events and key dates on a family calendar and stick it on the fridge – it will take out the stress of scrambling around for important dates throughout the year.
  • In the summer months, include a frozen drink or ice block in your child’s lunch box which helps to prevent bacteria and food poisoning. Plus, don’t forget to use suntan lotion and keep it somewhere visible and handy in the mornings. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen to your child’s face, neck, arms and legs each morning.
  • And most importantly, have a conversation with your child about how they feel about starting school and talk over any concerns, such as making new friends, peer pressure and bullying.

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Top 10 Back to School Reading Tips for Parents

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As many of us prepare for another year of helping our kids overcome the notorious holiday reading slide, here are ten back to school reading tips you can do now to prepare your child for the year ahead.

1. Get back into a routine. Switching suddenly from a holiday to a school schedule can be stressful for everyone in the household, so it’s always best to start as early as possible. If you had a regular reading time with your child in the afternoons or evenings, try to ease back into it as early as you can.

2. Make a special reading spot. After endless distractions over the break, it’s a good idea to make a special reading spot in the house which doubles up as a distraction-free zone. Make sure your child’s reading spot is quiet, comfortable, and within close range of a good selection of reading material.

3. Surround your child with books. Studies show that children who are constantly surrounded by books and reading material perform better in school than their peers who don’t. Try to make sure there is age-appropriate reading material around the house, on their devices, in the car and on-hand anytime your child has to wait, such as at the doctor’s office.

4. Restrict television and video games. We all know it can be difficult for reading to compete with the television and video games, and the holiday break is often filled with both! Ease into having a set television schedule and try to encourage reading time as a leisurely activity.

5. Be a good reading partner. It’s much more fun to read when you’re not forced to do it and don’t feel embarrassed about making mistakes. Take turns reading with your child and be patient and encouraging when they come across a word they don’t know. Make reading time a fun time to relax, unwind and bond after a long day.

6. Re-read difficult sentences. When your child has sounded out a difficult word, have them re-read the whole sentence one more time “with feeling”. Often children are too busy figuring out a word that they lose the meaning of what they’ve just read. Beginner readers will often guess wildly at a word based on its first letter.

7. Create a book together. Reignite your child’s enthusiasm for books and reading by creating your own homemade books. This fun activity helps children increase their concentration span and strengthen their reading and writing skills to ease them back into the swing of things at school.

8. Find everyday opportunities to read. You can’t overestimate the power of reading everyday items with your child, especially for beginner readers. Read aloud anything with words and encourage your child to see reading as a way of discovering the world. Read road signs, billboards, menus, and cereal boxes – anything with words on it!

9. Restock your library. Whether they’re the hardcovers on your bookshelf or the tap-and-swipe e-books on your device, you can inspire your child to get back into the reading habit with a fresh collection of new titles. Let them choose their own books and create their own personal collection to get them excited about diving back in.

10. Choose books that are at the right level. If your child has taken a long break from reading, you can help them pick it up again and avoid any discouragement by choosing a book that’s not too challenging or too boring for them. Use the Five Finger Rule to quickly and easily determine if a book is suitable for your child’s reading level.

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Reading Eggs is the multi-award winning online reading website for children aged 3-13. With a comprehensive range of self-paced lessons and games, the program is a highly interactive and fun way to build your child’s reading skills for school.