Choosing good books for beginning readers
Children who learn to read in primary school benefit from making miles. This applies to children where reading is easy, but especially for children where reading is difficult to get started. Parents are often of good will and want to support their reading children. There are many books and opportunities to help beginning readers with their reading development. But it is sometimes difficult to choose due to the large selection. What can you pay attention to if you want to help your child learn to read?
Children who learn to read learn to translate the letters they see on paper into a sound. These sounds are combined into words. It is important here that the children initially learn that the a, e, i, o and you sound short and the aa, ee, oo and uu long. That there are also long sounds that you short writes (as in monkeys) children don’t learn until later in the school year. Yet there are many booklets on the market, also for novice readers, that do not take this into account. This is not a problem for children who read easily, but for children who have difficulty reading it is an additional difficulty. There is a danger that these children will then read with confidence. So, when choosing reading books for your child, you can pay attention to long sound written as short sound or, for example, stupid sounds (except for the).
The capital letters are not always taught immediately, and some capital letters have a different shape than the lowercase letters (just think of the hH or the rR). It varies by method used at school but is worth considering when choosing books for your child. If capital letters have not yet been taught at school, it can be difficult for readers to find capital letters in their booklet.
The AVI levels are the same as the groups in primary school, children who read AVI M3 in group 3 in January read by level. Nevertheless, this designation is not always a good one for choosing books when your child is going to read: AVI M3 booklets also sometimes contain words that are not pure sound. This is because AVI takes into account the word and sentence length to determine the level, but not with difficulties in the words (such as multiple consonants next to each other or therefore non-sound purity).
It would be helpful if you, as a parent, are aware of what has been discussed in class. For example, you can ask your child’s teacher to hang a notice board with treated letters on the outside of the class, then as a parent you can choose books that only contain those letters, or let your child read only the words that only contain those letters. stand in.
There are also teaching methods (such as Safe Learning to Read) that publish reading books. If you know what curriculum your child has learned at school, these booklets will of course fit in well with what they should be able to read.
Children who have trouble reading sometimes get tired of the simple stories they can handle. An answer to this can be the reading books. In these booklets, the text is printed alternately in different sizes, the small letters for the good reader, the large letters for the novice reader. This way you read a bit alternately and the story gets a little faster.
Read while singing
Many parents have learned to read by cutting and pasting: naming all sounds separately and then putting them together into a word. For some children this is an extra difficult and unnecessary action. By reading in song they can more easily get to the whole word. Instead of saying all the sounds separately, try to lengthen them, creating a kind of stretched word. For example the word fast. We used to learn quickly, quickly. Children who have difficulty putting together may benefit from singing the letters: sssssnnnnneeeeeelllll, fast. They don’t stop saying the previous letter until they read the new letter.
Children who have difficulty reading also benefit from repeated reading. A good method is then to read aloud. First you read a piece of text yourself, your child points with his finger what you read. Then you read the same piece together. As a parent, you pull your child through the text as it were by reading together. Make sure you don’t read too fast and let your child participate again. Finally, your child will read the same piece of text again himself. The Yoleo app for computer and tablets does this too: the text is read aloud while a colored bar moves along the text, so that the child is transported through the text. Because the speed is adjustable, it can be adjusted exactly to what your child can handle. The books that can be read in this app are for children who are not novice readers, so this can be a good tool for children who need to develop correct reading speed after the initial phase.
Learning to read is a process and the chance of success is greatly increased by a lot of practice. Regular reading at home with your child certainly helps with this!