The 6 Most Important Tips for Reading to Your Kids

Research has shown that reading skills are the best predictor of current and future school success, algebra skills, success in college, future career success, and earning power. Reading is the key to learning almost anything, and our schools are heavily geared toward rewarding good readers. It is one of the most important things we can teach our children and reading aloud to your child is the best way to improve reading skills.  These 6 tips will help your child get the most out of your reading time and put them in the best position to succeed in school and in life.


Tip 1: Reinforce memory by asking your child what happened in the last segment you read together.

Tip 2: Encourage observation by asking who, what, where, and when questions during the story or after the end of a short story.

Tip 3: Help your child learn to think ahead by asking her to predict what might happen next.

Tip 4: Develop language skills by asking the meaning of unusual words and discussing them or looking them up together.

Tip 5: Ask why he thinks the author had the character do what he did.

Tip 6:  Build self-esteem and a love for learning by offering encouragement when your child answers these questions.

By using these techniques, you can help your child get the most out of reading time and prepare them for the challenges they’ll face ahead in school.  You don’t have to use all of these tips at once. Try a few out and see what your child enjoys the most.

These are just a few techniques that Active Parenting teaches in its courses to help parents raise successful, happy children.  Click the link below to get more information about what program is right for you and your family.