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Help Your Child Learn to Read by Talking to Them

Posted on: Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Some may think that talking to children can’t possibly be related to helping them learn to read, but this is one of the strategies that will help your child with reading comprehension.

In previous posts, we have discussed the sometimes overlooked fact that it is up to parents to help their children want to read and learn to read.  It’s important for parents to model what reading looks like.  Reading with your child,, limiting or at least being involved in your child’s screen time, and not spending so much of your time on the phone or computer that you don’t have time to interact with your child are certainly part of the picture.  Interacting with your child during reading will directly impact on helping your child develop a robust vocabulary.  The research into the vocabulary gap gives us some insight into why this is so.

Studies have shown that children from disadvantaged families hear fewer words spoken in their environment than children from higher socio-economic levels. Children who hear fewer spoken words, will have a lower vocabulary level than children who hear more words, and vocabulary is strongly correlated with success in reading comprehension. Now it makes more sense.

We developed READS to help parents help their children learn to read.  Asking questions about reading assignments and collaborating with your child on which question to focus on during the reading assignment promote spoken interaction between parent and child.  Each interaction can help you build your child’s vocabulary, which helps your child read.  It really does!

Do you play impromptu word games with your child?  Share them with us in the comments.

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