Tips, Tools and Strategies to Support Kids' Reading and Writing


Tips, Tools and Strategies to Support Kids' Reading and Writing

Reading and writing being one of the initial and essential part of the education of kids needs a little extra effort to make things better for future.

Below are some tips, tools and strategies that will help educators and parents to support kids’ Reading and Writing.

Awesome Tools that you must check:

1. Children’s Storybooks

Many wonderful free illustrated children’s books are available to read at Children's Storybooks Online. Stories span age ranges from preschool, young children, teens, through young adults.

2. Talk to Me

Talk to Me is another text to speech application. It can be used to read words out loud as they are typed, which can help students to better correlate the letters and words with how they’re pronounced. Compatible with iPad.

3. Read & Write

Students can practice reading and writing letters using this application. Users can trace letters, learn letter sounds, and get illustrations to go along with each part of the alphabet.

4. The Writing Machine

By correlating pictures and words, reading text, sounding out letters, this tool helps students develop early literacy abilities with greater ease.

5. iStoryTime

There are numerous titles to choose from in the iStoryTime series, all of which allow kids to have the book read to them or to get help reading it themselves.

6. Stories2Learn

Why use existing stories to help troubled readers when you can build your own? This application lets you develop your own text and audio stories, including messages, topics, and other things that can help keep kids interested.

7. AlphaWriter

Using Montessori-based learning methods, this application helps kids to learn how to read, write, and spell phonetically. It also teaches lessons on consonants and vowels, letter sounds, writing stories, and much more.

8. Reading Trainer

While this app is designed to help average readers boost their reading speed and ability, it can be useful to those who struggle as well, as many of the skills taught can help just about anyone become a more confident reader.

9. Bob’s Books

Bob’s Books uses phonics-based interactive games to help kids learn how to read. Activities will help young learners to sound out words, spell, and make connections between letters and sounds.

10. MeeGenius! Kids’ Books

 MeeGenius is another series that’s perfect for practicing reading skills. Those with trouble reading can use illustrations and helpful word highlighting to get help, or just have the book read to them until they’re confident enough to do it on their own.

Also Read: Android Apps to Promote Reading and Writing with Kids

Other Tips and Strategies

“Read, Read and Read to Write Well!”

 

- Reading skill development starts by learning the letters of the alphabet. This can start sometime between 6 and 12 months. Treat the letters as you would a picture and start naming the pictures. By the time they are between 6 to 12 months old, you could start the letter of the week or letter of the month

- Make sure kids develop a habit of reading from the very beginning. Depending on the age of the child, give them good books educational, story books or comics. Whatever they find joy in. help them to cultivate a habit of reading everyday by reading with them.

- The other way is to have a reading challenge. This can be done on the basis of number of pages tht you read daily or the number of books read in a month. This is a great way to make your kids get into the habit of reading.

- ‘Family Fun Time’ can be even better when you indulge in story depicting. Ask your kids to read a story and depict it or have a little play where the family plays different characters. The excitement of having this fun time will automatically indulge your child into reading. And same can be done within classroom by assigning a common story between groups of students.

- Give kids a purpose for reading. Help kids to think actively as they read. Reading games is one thing that kids enjoy a lot. Also, encouraging kids to learn new words and setting a minimum limit of words to show up with by the end of the week can work wonders. This will not only help them to read better but will also improve their vocabulary as well as writing.

- Encourage kids to maintain a daily journal where they write about their day. Maintaining a journal works amazing to improve the writing skills. Kids get a way with words and they get into the habit of expressing themselves.

- To make sure that kids are getting their punctuations right, you can host writing competitions. Encourage kids to monitor their comprehension and help them to review content and relate what they have learned to what they already know.      

- Teach kids to make predictions. As children grow more comfortable with reading, you can start asking them to make predictions on what they are about to read and what may happen as the events in the story start unfolding. These can be based on pictures and illustrations or the title of the text. You can ask questions like, “What do you think the story is about? What do you think will happen?” After reading the text, check if the predictions were correct.

- Get kids to summarize and retell what they read. Asking children to summarize a story they have read and to retell it helps them articulate their thoughts. We are able to assess their understanding – what they consider as important, what are the main ideas as they have understood it and how they connect these ideas, the sequence in which they retell the story, and how much they remember.  Young children can have fun while they practice retelling stories with a few props from it. This can also be done in the form of a writing activity where they have a write a brief summary of the story they just completed reading.

What strategies do you follow to keep your kids doing better with reading and writing?

Are there any tools that you’d like to mention? Share with us in the comment section below.

Also Read: Apps and Tools That Aid Reading Through Augmented Reality

 

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Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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