Raising A Reader

As a reading teacher I am passionate about reading. I struggled learning to read but I have found a love of reading, and continue to read daily for enjoyment before I go to bed. During this time I let go of the stresses of the day and find an escape in my book.

As a grandmother, I have seen how early reading makes a difference in someone as young as 15 months old. With both sets of grandparents and his parents reading with him, our grandson loves to sit with a book and “read it” by himself or have you read it to him.

Parents play a significant role in helping their child learn to read, but many parents have told me they do not know how to teach their child to read. Part of helping a child learn to read is lots of practice and time to play with language. Reading is not a natural process so children need to practice with oral language and print in a variety of ways. 

Reading Rockets is a great place to start. The site provides a wealth of information on supporting reading, from developing early literacy to how to recognize learning challenges. There are videos, games, and many other types of resources. 

Even if you struggled to read, you can raise a great reader. I encourage you to take the time to read with your child regularly. 

Check out www.readingrockets.org for great ideas to get you started.

Kathy Watson

Kathy Watson co-founded Your Better Life with her husband, Tom. Kathy is a skilled Learning Support Teacher in Surrey British Columbia, Canada, and finds great joy in working with young children as they develop their literature skills. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Education and a Special Education Diploma, and has worked with students of all ages throughout her 24-year career in education. A former competitive swimmer, Kathy has developed a deep and long-lasting passion for fitness, nutrition, health and wellness. While working toward her Fitness and Nutrition Coaching Diploma, Kathy has learned the vital importance nutrition plays in a person’s overall wellness. To that end, Kathy has enthusiastically partnered with Nutrie, and is excited to bring the products and lifestyle to the Your Better Life community to make the achievement of personal health goals simpler. Kathy and the rest of the Nutrie team are excited to help you start making the little changes in your life – one day at a time – that will lead to BIG results and the best you! To learn more about how Nutrie can help you, visit Kathy’s website. Kathy and Tom have been married for more than 20 years and have three grown sons. Together, Kathy and Tom are dedicated to working with various communities to assist them in reaching their full potential, as is evidenced in their devotion to the success of Your Better Life.