A Mini-Guide For Reading Teachers

Teachers have almost as much interaction with children as their parents do. Hence, they can play a crucial part in their development and academic skills. One of the most valuable things that children in their childhood learn is to read. This article will talk about some suggestions that help teach young children to learn to read. 

Start Early 

The younger the child, the more receptive he is to learning. Start early by focusing on reading activities. These early-on reading activities will help children develop basic skills as well as higher-order thinking skills. 

Be Open To Learning Yourself

The internet has provided vast resources that you as a teacher can use. Explore and learn the best practices to encourage reading amongst children. Also, look up the curriculum of successful schools and assess whether your reading materials can be improved. 

  • Set Expectations: Set expectations from your students and communicate those with your students. Involve parents and encourage them to set expectations and tell their children about them too. When a child knows they’re expected to perform better, they feel more motivated. 
  • Encourage Families to Read with their Children: Encourage parents and elder siblings to read with young children. Often, parents are unsure which books to read with their children. So, help create a list of age-related, fun books for parents. Students can be given incentives to read with families and come back and report.

Field Trips To Libraries

Children are creative beings who like to explore and live new experiences. Another way to boost learning and make them interested in reading is to take them for visits to libraries. A guided tour to the library, where teachers tell students how to use the library, the library’s different resources, etc., is beneficial.

Also, make sure to inform the libraries if your students have hearing, visual, or learning disabilities. Libraries have become more inclusive and will make sure to make necessary accommodations knowing your students’ needs. If the trip is successful, the children themselves would be excited about coming back to libraries.

  • Make Groups and Encourage Children To Work Together: Even in classroom settings, allow students to work together. Make small groups of 4-5 students with varying levels of language proficiency so that all of them can contribute to each other’s learning.
  • Use Community Settings To Stimulate Reading and Writing: Children love to collaborate with their peers, especially outside the usual classroom settings. Encourage them to work together in a community setting by making them work on an oral history project, making a map of their neighborhood, collecting recipes for a community cookbook, etc. 

Concluding Thoughts

Young children have an excellent aptitude for learning. Teachers can incorporate easy practices that we have added to the list to help young students learn to read.

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