Today I have a special interview with the Reading Specialist from my school. Here I have asked her some questions about reading and what kids and parents can do to help kids be good readers. My Reading Specialist helped me to become a better reader and she has some great tips for everyone!!
Erik: What does a Reading Specialist do and how do you help kids in school?
My Reading Specialist: A reading specialist works with the principal, teachers, and parents of the school to find books and activities to help children learn to be good readers. A reading specialist also works with all the children to make sure each one is growing into a good reader. If a student is having some problems learning to read, it is the reading specialist’s job to work with the child to help his or her reading skills improve.
Erik: What are some good reading habits kids can get into?
My Reading Specialist: The most important reading habit is to READ! The more a person reads, the better the person becomes at reading. It is like sports or anything else. The more you play baseball or practice, the better you get at it. Once you have found a good book and sit down to read, it is important to really think about what you are reading. You might agree or disagree with the author, have something in common with the characters, visit a place you’ve never seen, or learn something you never knew before!
Erik: What can parents do to help kids read more or get good reading habits?
My Reading Specialist: Parents can set a few minutes aside each evening to sit in a comfortable, quiet spot and share a good book with their child. Reading together and talking about books is both relaxing and fun. Parents and older children can be reading different books, newspapers, or magazines and discuss with each other what they are reading.
Erik: What are suggestions to help a kid who doesn’t like to read, or has trouble reading?
My Reading Specialist: It is important to think about what interests you. What makes you curious? Then find a book or magazine about that topic that is not too hard for you to read. “The five-finger rule” is an easy way to decide if a book is too hard. If you can’t read five words on the page, it is probably too hard and will not be fun to read. If you are having trouble reading, DON’T GIVE UP! It is important to keep trying because you WILL learn to read. Everyone learns to read at different times, just remember, if you keep trying, you will get better.
Erik: I got into reading by reading comic books. Do books have to be “educational” to be good to read?
My Reading Specialist: Absolutely not! There are so many opportunities to read out there and reasons to read. Sometimes we read for fun and other times to learn something. Children learn to read when they find something that interests them whether it is a Spiderman comic, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, directions to a game you can’t wait to play, a recipe, the newspaper, a blog…you get the idea. JUST READ
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