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How can volunteer readers help students succeed?

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HOW CAN VOLUNTEER READERS HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED?

As a child grows, reading becomes increasingly important for understanding the world and achieving academic success. The foundation for reading reaches a critical point between kindergarten and third grade. That’s when students begin to acquire the skills that enable them to find meaning in written text. One of United Way’s education focus areas prioritizes the development of strong reading skills by the end of third grade — a phase when parents, formal/informal caregivers and volunteer readers can make a real difference.

Reading and helping children to engage in storytelling is a fun and easy way for a volunteer to
support literacy development. Here are a few tips for reading with children:

1. HAVE FUN

  • Practice ABC songs and poems together.

  • Be expressive. Add Sounds. Make the snake hiss and the door creak.

  • Sing, rap or chant the words and invite your reading buddy to join in.

2. ENGAGE THE CHILD

  • Ask “what do you think happens next?” and “why did they do that?”

  • Let the child follow along with finger and turn the pages.

3. BE A CHEERLEADER

  • Offer specific praise, such as “good job sounding that word out!”

  • Give kids time to figure out word and encourage them along the way.


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