young mother reading with her daughter

Believe it or not, we’re not all blessed with the ability to read. In fact, if recent counts are anything to go by, over thirty million people in America alone are illiterate.

Clearly, this is a frightening statistic. After all, most of us feel as though this is a basic need – and one that is fulfilled during those initial years at school.

Even if your child is attending school regularly, there are certainly ways to accelerate how they learn to read though. It would be fair to say that this is something which has become “easier”, so to speak, thanks to the likes of leveled books which can specifically target a child’s reading level.

Methods such as the above aside, let’s now take a look at some of the main things you can do at home to help your child read better.

Sometimes it’s about talking

As you’ll find out through today’s post, you don’t have to be a teacher if you’re looking to improve your child’s standard of reading.

Even if your little one hasn’t even started school yet, and probably can’t read, talking is something that can help develop them emphatically.

Let’s not forget that reading is a language activity and while they might not be familiar with the mechanics of it just yet, if you can feed them words and allow them to hear them on a regular basis, it will help (and studies have confirmed this).

Make sure you read to them

After a while, you’ll probably fall into the process of your kids reading to you (and this will be something that they start to demand!).

Before you reach this stage, make sure that you are regularly reading to them though. Again, even if they are a baby and can’t understand the mechanics of reading, exposing them to books and vocabulary will help them significantly as they become more used to books.

This is something else that science is backing as well. Some research has shown that children as young as 9-months-old will benefit from being read to and if that’s not enough, just ask yourself if this process is going to do them any harm regardless?

Make them into storytellers

Something else which might not appear obvious, but works an absolute charm, is storytelling.

This doesn’t involve books, but instead involves your little one making up a story (or even recounting something that has happened in their life).

At the beginning, it should go without saying that these stories are very simple in nature. The classic example is liking a particular food, or visiting the shop.

To take this further, start to write what they are dictating to you. Then, read it back to them, highlighting each word. Over time, they will start to slowly grasp some of the simple words such as “I”, “he” and other short terms. This is again something that can fuel their reading potential – and doesn’t cost either of you much at all.