Reading Tips Simple Steps to Build a Strong Reader Right now, you play an important role in making sure your child is on the right track to read at or above grade level by the 3rd grade. Below you will find reading tips that can help you build a strong reader. Read: Read with your child every day - just 20 minutes a day will help your child read on grade level. Talk: Talk to your child at the grocery store, dinner table, and driving in the car - introducing them to everything you see around you helps them learn new words and practice their speaking skills. Sing: Sing rhyming songs, read rhyming books, and say tongue twisters with your child - this helps them learn new sounds in words. Tell: Tell fun stories and have your child tell you stories. Write: Have your child Write - writing grocery lists and notes or letters helps children connect spoken words to written words. Ask: Ask your child questions about what they read - talking about the words in the book helps them understand what they are reading. Download: Download reading apps - your child can practice reading on your phone or tablet.