Updated: Aug 26, 2022
Like learning to play the piano, the key to being able to read quickly and understand what you read is to practice, practice, practice!
One of the most important skills your children need to learn is how to read well and at a good speed. Imagine going through middle school, high school, college, and then a job and not being able to read quickly and understand what you read. It would be pure torture. Assignments that should take 20 minutes to complete would take a slow reader hours.
Also, as Christian parents, we want our children to read the Word of God for themselves. If our kids aren’t confident, good readers, they probably won’t get into a habit of reading the Bible for themselves.
Wouldn’t it be kinder to enforce a little tough love and make sure they were good readers by 3rd grade?
Oprah Winfrey attributes much of her success to the strict rules and guidance her father set for her. One of those rules was she had to read every day. Every week she had to turn in a book report, and learn 5 new vocabulary words each day. Was he being too strict and mean, or was he doing his daughter a tremendous favor?