Encourage Your Child to Be an Independent Reader

indy3“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”–Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

From Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln to Dr. Seuss, many of our most respected fellow humans have been avid readers and advocates of reading.

Thomas Jefferson believed that every citizen must know how to read, and that children should be taught to

read during the earliest years of schooling. Of course, reading is a fundamental subject in schools today. But you as a parent can do even more by encouraging your child to do more independent or voluntary reading.

Independent or voluntary reading is the reading students choose to do on their own. The reader chooses their own material and chooses when and where to read it. Independent reading is done for information or for pleasure. No one assigns it; no one requires a report; no one checks on comprehension.

Independent reading has been shown to have a positive effect on learning and academic achievement. Studies suggest that the more children read, the better their fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, depth of background knowledge and cultural literacy.

Students are much more likely to view reading as a priority when they have some control over what they want to learn. Independent reading gives them ownership in the reading process and a way to contribute to their own knowledge.

Optiminds is a metro Detroit tutoring and brain training services company that has earned a reputation for helping students of all ages boost their efficiency in a wide range of subjects, including Reading. Our customized programs cover reading fundamentals including: phonetic skills, vocabulary development, analogies, identifying inferences, sequencing skills, cause and effect relationships, drawing conclusions, etc. We also specialize in Speed Reading training.

Help your student become an enthusiastic independent reader. Give Optiminds a call at (248) 496-0150 and learn more about us by visiting our website at: optimindsct.com.

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