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05/03/2019


A child’s reading level can determine the type of opportunities they are eligible for during both their academic and career paths. Many students can adopt the mindset that they don’t need to learn how to read or, at best, don’t need to learn how to read well. Why? Because these students believe that reading won’t be important to their future career, whether that be something trade-based like carpentry or computer engineering.

Activities to Help Improve Your Child's Reading Level

And while it’s fair to say that a carpenter won’t have to perform much reading during their daily activities, students fail to realize that, not only in order to both learn the skills needed to start and continue such a career, they will need to read, but their reading level can determine how well they understand the lessons and, in turn, how well they can perform their job. If this sounds familiar, The Tutoring Center, Cypress Creek Plaza has some tips to help you improve your child’s reading proficiency at home.

Share the Enjoyment

Children are far more likely to enjoy and participate in a task if they see their parents doing the same. With this in mind, each time that you are reading a magazine, a newspaper, or even an article on your mobile device, and find something interesting, share it with your children and ask them to read along with you. This can produce some great benefits, such as:
  • Watching you enjoy reading and engaging in the task with you can make the task more appealing.
  • Every instance of reading, no matter how small or incidental, helps.
  • It can be a great lesson that mobile devices are not all about social media posts.

Use Your Junk Mail

When you first signed up for an email account you were certain that it would put a stop to the never-ending flow of bank letters and promotional flyers into your mailbox. However, as the pile of mail currently falling out of your mailbox can attest, this didn’t occur. However, instead of simply discarding the promotional flyers and barely reading the bank letters, hand them to your children and ask them to read each one to you aloud while you take care of the family meal or wind down for the night. While it may seem untraditional, the vocabulary choices and grammar uses in this range of reading material exposes children to words and writing styles which they otherwise wouldn't encounter in the classroom. This can not only help to build your child’s lexicon and improve their reading proficiency, but it can also help to improve their writing skills. If your student is behind their classmates when it comes to reading, one-to-one tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza can help. To find out more about the benefits of tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza, call The Tutoring Center, Cypress Creek Plaza at (832) 566-7912 and book your free initial diagnostic assessment.

Learning New Words

When your children are reading on their own and they encounter a new word, they will sound out the letters in the word. And while this is certainly a great technique, it is only as powerful as your child’s exposure to letter-sound combinations. If your children play video games or watch TV while you prepare dinner, ask them to join and help you, and include a small reading lesson.
  • Each time that you use an item from a can or a jar, ask your children to read aloud the ingredients list and nutritional information.
  • If following a recipe, ask your children to read it aloud to you and follow along with their directions.
While it’s fair to say that the words on an ingredients list aren’t going to be used in your child’s daily life, the lesson isn’t in the words, it’s in the letter-sounds included in them. Learning strange words which use letter-sound combinations in ways outside of the words in a textbook help children to improve their ability to both read and to learn new words.

Personal Navigation

To improve their letter-sound knowledge even further, use your errands or your daily drives as a teaching platform. Prior to leaving for the day of errands, print out the route which you will be taking, even if you know and drive it often, and ask your children to read it aloud to you and be your personal navigator. This activity comes with a few great benefits:
  • Street signs provide a lesson in both learning new words and letter-sound combinations.
  • The pressure to read each direction before the turn can be a great motivator to help your child stay focused and read faster.
  • Because you are with them, you can provide support and help them learn correctly.

One-To-One Tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza Can Help

If your child’s reading level is behind their classmates or they are struggling with a particular subject, tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza can help. To find out more, book your free initial diagnostic assessment at The Tutoring Center, Cypress Creek Plaza by calling (832) 566-7912. During your first visit, a trained tutor can answer any questions you have about the benefits of tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza and how one-to-one tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza can improve your child’s reading proficiency.

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