National Book Month is celebrated during the month of October. During this month, all are invited to pick up a book and read it.
As the popularity of video and computer games has increased, the great American pastime of book reading seems to have declined.
Kids sometimes act as though reading is a punishment. Some kids have reading problems that take away some of the fun of reading. Some kids would rather do something more active than reading. Others have reading comprehension problems.
Reading Rockets offers some suggestions to help kids with reading fluency. Fluency is defined as being able to understand what is being read and to read with speed and accuracy.
Parents should support their child’s reading efforts and provide books with clear patterns and vocabulary the child can understand.
Reading aloud with your child will help him understand how the words in a book should sound. Often, when kids have a hard time reading, they sound awkward and unable to read continuous sentences.
Instead, kids who don’t read well often read words one at a time instead of as a sentence or phrase. By hearing a parent read the words, the child will understand the rhythm of the words better.
Parents should check with their child’s teacher to determine the child seems to comprehend what he’s reading in class and how he’s doing with reading comprehension tests and quizes.
Remind your child to pause when reading to help him understand the words he’s reading and their meaning.
The National Book Foundation website offers a few suggestions to celebrate the month with reading.
Take trips to the library during the month of October. Let your child choose books that appeal to him. If he enjoys the topic, he’ll be more likely to read the book.
Enjoy a family reading night each week. Just as you have pizza night, add reading night. Pick a book that all can enjoy and read aloud or have each person read their own book silently.
Add literature into your family game night by playing games that involve reading skills or a reading theme.
Put on a play with scenes from a favorite book. Kids love putting together plays for their parents to watch. Use one of their books to provide the theme for the play.
Read aloud to your child, even as he gets older. The act of reading together promotes closeness among family members.
You can also choose a book and take turns reading a page or passage from the book. Stop from time to time to ask questions to determine if your child understands what’s being read.
Reading is an important life skill that your child will use for his entire life. Kids who read well have fewer problems as they advance in school.
Kids who struggle with reading will find the amount of reading required in middle school, high school and college difficult to maintain.
So start the month of October out right. Visit the library and choose some books or pull an old favorite off the bookshelf and enjoy some family reading time together.