Literacy skills are some of the most important gifts our society can bestow upon young students. This is especially true in a day and age where information technology requires a high proficiency in reading, so we can quickly and accurately absorb massive amounts of data. Unfortunately, literacy is a set of skills often underdeveloped, thus miscommunication is sure to hinder success and relationships in our modern world. Consequently, improving the reading skills of young students is a top priority.
“Practice makes perfect” is a philosophy that holds true when it comes to reading. No matter the age of individuals, their reading skills can be quite weak, unless they have had adequate practice. This means teachers, parents, and other would-be mentors need to ensure young students keep reading while sitting down to listen to these children read in order to help them fix their mistakes is also crucial. Only by spending time with young readers can they become stronger readers and learn to appreciate the value of literacy as a life skill and reading as a hobby.
Furthermore, there is a tipping point in education where students can start to learn on their own. As lifelong self-learning should be the goal of formal education, teachers must seek to educate their students so they get to this tipping point faster. Unfortunately, some students reach this goal sooner while others continue to struggle through lessons long after the class moves on. For reading, this means students may need additional help recognizing letters and words, thus parents and teachers need to spent extra time breaking down what is being read when a child struggles.
In fact, some aspects of reading can be very difficult to grasp for all young readers. By breaking up complex sentences into phrases and words into syllables, seasoned readers can help all students both learn to better pronounce terminology and comprehend definitions with greater efficiency. Young students learn to read when they truly understand what they are reading and this only happens if seasoned readers spend time helping students engage the material they are given. Additionally, this quality time can instill a sense of enjoyment and accomplishment.
Moreover, the best way to improve reading skills in children of any age is for them to practice reading. Young children do need to first learn how to read, so parents and teachers must take the time to show them how to read properly then show them again and again. Although a few fun tips and anecdotes would give nonprofessionals some things to try, young children really just need one on one time with a person who can correct their mistakes. Parents and other readers will quickly learn to respond to the needs of the individual child if they simply listen to that child.