Start these at-home reading habits now to maximize your first-grader's reading growth for the entire year
It’s a mixed blessing when your child falls in love with a book. On the one hand, they’re learning to love reading! On the other, you have to help them read it multiple times a day.
BUT! Re-reading is one of the best activities to improve a child’s fluency1, comprehension2, and confidence. Here’s why:
So lean into the re-read… but go ahead and outsource some of those repeated readings to the Ello app to maintain your sanity.
Whether it’s winter break or an annoying virus that throws things off, at some point this school year, you’re going to suddenly realize that reading at home isn’t really happening as much as you’d like - or maybe even at all.
When it comes to reading routines, two rules of thumb apply:
Give yourself and your child the right tools to help make your reading routine simple, low-conflict, and effective from the get-go.
1 Álvarez-Cañizo, M., Suárez-Coalla, P., and Cuetos, F. (2015). The role of reading fluency in children's text comprehension. Front. Psychol. 6:1810. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01810.
2 Meyer, M. S., & Felton, R. H. (1999). Repeated reading to enhance fluency: Old approaches and new directions. Annals of Dyslexia, 49, 283–306.