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According to statistics, 34% of children in the fourth grade have subpar reading skills. If you don’t want your learners to be in this category, you have to develop a great reading program. Here’s how to create an effective reading program for kids.
Read to Them
Kids learn how to read better by listening to what fluent reading sounds like. Choose vocabulary-rich books and read them regularly to your students. You can make things more interesting by incorporating a little bit of acting. You can also try using different voices based on what you think of the characters in the novel.
Reading to kids regularly has multiple benefits:
It develops their listening comprehension skills
They develop a range of comprehension and decoding strategies. For instance, they will know what to do if they come across an unfamiliar word
They learn how to explore language features and their usage. For example, they’ll learn where to pause when reading and voice tones for question marks or exclamation marks.
It brings fun to the classroom and makes learners more engaged
Use Different Resources
Kids’ learning abilities vary. One method of teaching reading skills may not apply to all of them. Some will learn faster using one program, while others will not. Take time to understand your students before you try out a specific reading strategy.
Some reading programs for kids address their unique needs differently. You can also use rhyming books, story books, picture books, mnemonics, and other age-specific books written in easy-to-understand languages.
Encourage Independent Reading
Set time for the learners to read independently in class every day. It’s a great way to foster a reading culture. Although it may be a little hard for them at first, there are different strategies you can use to keep them engaged.
Choose reading material that will spark their interest and keep them focused. And to show your students you’re passionate about reading, get a book and read it for a few minutes, too. After they finish reading, ask them general questions–like who is their favorite character or the moral of the story.
Track Every Child’s Progress
With guidance, all kids can learn to read; but they do it at different paces. Assessing your students continuously is key to determining what they are doing right and where they need support. This can be done through regular assessment tests. Have the kids read text and passages that fall within their specific curricula.
As they read, pay attention to their reading fluency, how they match words to sounds, their decoding skills, and whether they can comprehend whatever they are reading. Your evaluation should focus on the six essential reading comprehension sub-skills. Evaluate every key element in the learner’s reading skills and ensure they align with their comprehension skills.