Creating Lifelong Readers
Tips to try in your classroom.
Children learn from modeling.
- Read aloud to your students for at least 15 minutes daily.
- For emerging readers, read large charts and books while pointing to the words.
- For nonfluent readers, read a short passage aloud a few times while the children follow along in their books.
- Provide books on CD or online that allow students to listen and follow along.
Allow students to bring out their natural interest in reading.
- Have a variety of people read to students.
- Provide a wide range of reading materials.
- Form book clubs that meet regularly.
- Encourage students to discuss their favorite books, characters, and events.
Make learning to read fun.
- Set up cozy reading areas with rugs and pillows.
- Provide time for students to read with friends.
- Give students opportunities to practice passage before reading in a group.
- Allow students to choose how they will demonstrate what they've read—by discussion, drawing, or pantomime, for example.
Good readers spend time practicing.
- Be sure that children take books home to read.
- Set aside specific, uninterrupted reading periods during the school day.
- Sponsor book exchanges that allow children to trade books.
Challenge students with high-level reading materials that stretch their abilities without being discouraging students.
- Read aloud challenging materials and thought-provoking questions—questions that focus on predicting or interpreting the behavior of characters in a story, for example.
- Provide real situations that challenge children's thinking, such as having a toy sale or planning a trip.
- Model high-level thinking by showing students how to think out loud about questions relating to something that they've read.
- Have students design their own high-level questions to ask other students.