Reading Out Loud
As a children's book author, I find that one of the best ways to improve your reading (and the reading of others) is to read books aloud to children. Many times they are a very captive audience that will give you experience in many ways.
If reading one-on-one, after you read the book to the child, you could then ask the child to read the book for you. As the child works to sound out words and understand punctuation, you should be following along, sounding them out in your own mind and use the tips that you use for yourself to help the child sound out words themselves.
Getting used to reading aloud, following along, and sounding out words (even the basic words from children's books) will help you to improve your own skills to set a foundation for better reading.
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