5 Ways to Create a Better Reader

Children want to be readers! Even today with so many diversions children love the comfort and security of a good book. The reading strategies I am focusing on in this series develop reading confidence and a sense of pride both are important characteristics of confident readers. I hope you will enjoy reading these teaching strategies. Check out the video to see a reader in action!


1. Give a Purpose for Reading

Everyone likes having a purpose for what they do. It makes sense to children and adults.  I do a variety of things to show children a purpose for reading. I love word play and riddles are a favorite of mine. I teach the children how to tell share a riddle with a listener. I teach them to pause for the listener to think about their answer,  the wait for it moment…then they give the answer! Bada Bing!! Bada Bing!!  I have created riddles for different times of the year, themes and just everyday riddles. If you search for child friendly riddles you can find a lot of suggestions.  I created a set of Thanksgiving Riddles this year for the children They cut out the riddles, placed them in a baggie and practiced reading the riddles to each other. They coached each other on how to tell riddles.  I also used the ipad to video each child telling a riddle. They had a variety of audiences. This is a video clip of one of my children that I am sharing with his parent’s permission.

You can hear me in the background. I’m the hmmm.hmmm wait for it timer.  The children really enjoy being video taped and it gives them an instant audience. If you would like to see an example of the riddles. You can download it for free at Teachers Pay Teachers. If you download it I would appreciate it if you could leave feedback. We had so much fun entertaining each other. They took their riddles home to continue their comedy act. This is a great activity to address the Common Core Standard for Speaking and Listening.

2. Rereading

This is an underutilized strategy for developing reading skills. Rereading is simply having a reader read a portion of text or a book again. A reader may reread the same piece many times. Rereading helps to build reading confidence and familiarizes  the reader with the text. Many parents do not understand the importance of this strategy and feel that the child may be memorizing the text. That is true but a good analogy for many parents is to remind them that they practiced driving in the same areas many, many times when they were learning. When you ask them way they did that? They will often say I got better at it, I was more comfortable and I felt more confident as a driver. No one questions why a basketball team practices the same plays again and again we all know it is to make the team better. It is the same with reading for a child. Familiarity creates confidence and confidence allows the reader to stretch a little further next time. You can visit this link from Scholastic for a Strategy in Action for rereading.  Rereading works especially well with poetry. This is a book from Sternhouse that I use for poetry
 Poetry Mentor Texts.  I was lucky enough to be sent the book by Sternhouse. Way cool!

These are two strategies from 5 Ways to Create a Better Reader. I will share three other strategies over the next two days. Please come back to relax and read the rest of the list.  Starting on August 1 I will have a Welcome to Teaching Resources for the Classroom contest with some great prizes. Don’t miss it. I’m pretty sure the gift card fairy slipped a Target Card under my pillow to give to a lucky winner!

Join the discussion and share your thoughts.

Have you used either of these strategies to help a child with reading? How do you think the children in your setting would react to being videotaped?

All the best,


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