Reading Programs for Kids: Nurturing an Avid Reader

16 Nov 2019 Media

Are you looking for a reading program for your child, but you are not sure where to start? What kind of program does your child need? Are some more effective than others? How to tell which is the best for your child? There could be some of the questions that have crossed your mind as a parent with a growing child.

The ability to read and write, together with a child’s imagination and creativity, allows them to discover and learn new things. A well-read child is also a confident and empowered one. Literacy helps children express themselves and materialize their ideas and thoughts into coherent words and sentences.

Before selecting a reading program, there are tests and assessments to gauge their literacy skills from a developmental perspective. This helps identify your child needs linguistically rather than focusing on the child’s biological age. Not to worry about the results of the test as this is only in place to better understand each child’s struggles, skills and to craft a catered reading program that will fulfill these specific needs.

To better understand your child’s level of developmental literacy, we use five core aspect skills: cognitive, writing, language, reading, and numeracy. These tests help identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses to help tailor the reading program to better support your child.

Taking a Personalized Approach

We know every child is unique and has specific needs. This is why, based on your child’s results, we will develop a personalized reading program that targets your child’s language and literacy weaknesses.

Along the way, we measure and note down milestones to gauge if the program is working for your child and make necessary adjustments as needed.

Our expertise in cognitive development and training helps us identify a child’s weaknesses that might be the root cause of your child’s reading difficulties. These include: 

1. Emphasis on Auditory Skills

Auditory skills refer to a child’s ability to decode sounds out of words, which is critical for listening and comprehension. Does your child love music and poems? A musical program can significantly help auditory learners’ associate songs and notes with reading.

Vocalizing at home and on-the-go is also a plus – involve children in reading recipes or short paragraphs aloud, simple posters, articles or advertisements as well as trying out simple reading and writing activities or games at home.

2. Developing Visual Processing Skills

This is the ability to picture, manipulate, organize, and think with visual aids. A hands-on reading program that incorporates learning styles to teach kids on how letters work together to form words is beneficial. Children are taught to use their hands to make signs that they can associate with each letter.

Increasing one’s vocabulary is a fundamental part of any reading program. The more words a child knows, the better they will get at reading and understanding texts that they read.

3. Training Focus and Attention Skills

This is the ability to sustain, divide, and select information. Great readers are involved in the stories they read. They internalize what they learn and some even memorize them. The child gains new knowledge and understands it. This skill is complex and requires time and practice to develop it in a child fully.

Another essential skill that reading programs aim to achieve is fluency: the ability to read out loud with speed, understanding and accuracy. This involves good phonic skills, recognizing words at sight and the amount of time your child spends reading at their stage of learning. The more a child reads, the more fluent they become. 

How Do You Choose the Best Reading Program for Your Kids?

If your child is struggling with reading or adding numbers, it does not immediately mean they are behind in development. Here are some things parents can do to help them:

If your child is having a hard time mastering a concept, you need to make the subject simpler. Focus on that subject and teach it thoroughly until your child can grasp it.

Not all kids learn the same way. Kids with certain disabilities like Autism or Dyslexia learn differently, so the learning program should be tailored to their needs.

Following a systematic learning program will greatly benefit a child’s reading abilities. Children benefit from repetition. Therefore, it is important to make learning an everyday activity.

Get in touch with us today for a catered Reading Program, one that is best suited for your child. As pioneers in providing cognitive development training for children, we have made it our goal to bring out the hidden potential in each child. Joining a literacy program will empower your child through learning and finding joy in reading.

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