A child's first words

How to improve reading skills,

The skill of reading, of recognizing the symbols that make up words and then understanding their meaning, is essential not only to manage in today’s world, but also to have any success in it. So for those seeking to better their lot in life, the first step is to discover how to improve reading skills.

Once a reader has obtained the basics of the ABC’s and acquired a rudimentary vocabulary, experts say the best way to improve reading skills is by reading. Just like a physical skill such as playing tennis improves with repetition and practice, so will reading. The subject matter matters little, whether it is the morning newspaper, a book from the library, or the back of a cereal box.

To improve reading skills, many find they learn best when they are alone in a quiet place. They make sure the television is off, there is plenty of light and a comfortable place to sit. This increases their ability to concentrate on the words before them without interruption.

The tools of reading are the eyes. If words appear blurry the reader should seek a professional to have the eyes checked. Always make sure there is plenty of light from a direct source to cut down on eyestrain.

Improving reading skills comes automatically with improving the vocabulary. The best way to learn new words, again, is by reading and taking note of unfamiliar terms and how they are used in the context where they are found. Sometimes it pays to have a note pad near at hand to jot down new words or to keep a dictionary within reach.

It is always best to know what is being read before actually reading it. That will put the reader in the right frame of mind, whether the piece is a news account of an auto wreck or a letter from a friend.

In researching how to improve reading skills, some experts insist that the preferable method is not to “say” each word to yourself while reading, but rather to read phrases. This will improve speed, but some may find themselves having to pause and go back to read sections again to get the proper meaning.

Reading comprehension and speed will improve with practice, but the need for speed may change depending on the type of reading that is to be done. Reading for pleasure often is done slowly to savor the experience and to become drawn into the piece. A slow pace also could be called for when reading complex instructions. Many other types of documents, however, can be read at a faster pace so long as the reader comprehends the subject matter.

Getting a feeling for the document to be read and the way the information is presented is always helpful. Map it out by scanning a document first for general topic information or for “road signs” that indicate where important areas appear will help reading comprehension when the item is then read through completely.

The question of how to improve reading skills, then, has a simple answer. One must read often and read anything. Reading skills improve with practice.

Here is some more information about How to Improve Reading Skills

My First Words for A to Z, a child’s first words, Volume 1

My-First-Words-for-A-to-Z_1aWelcome to our new Kindle book series called, “My First Words for A to Z.” Each of these Kindle books is about helping your child learn new words. The main goal is to make learning new words fun. Each word is formatted with a mini story and fun illustration.

Children generally enter the reading readiness stage through their exposure to their environment, usually by listening to other people talk. This is a critical stage for the child because in order to learn how to read the written word, he/she must first learn how to understand the spoken word.  This is the basis of My First Words for A to Z.

This series is designed for the 3 to 5 year age group and needs an adult or older sibling to sound out the word, read each of the mini stories and share the fun illustration. Listening to the spoken word is the first step to Reading Readiness and needs to be a fun experience. There are two words for each letter in the alphabet.  Some are simple like Ball, Dog and Cat. Some are difficult like Alligator and Xylophone. Some will even be learning opportunities for parents, such as the word Xat.

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Here are some tips for speed reading from YouTube,