Help your Child to Develop a Reading Habit

How To Help Your Child Read? A good book can teach us about things beyond our daily horizons. Reading habit is one of the best habits which you can help your child develop. Reading habits can enrich your children’s life, sharpen their mind, and bring fulfillment. I believe that reading habit is one of those habits in a person’s life will bring great satisfaction, and sense of accomplishment to the reader. It is very important to encourage your child to read, foster your child to love reading and develop a reading habit as early as possible.

Guidelines for Helping Your Child Read

To raise a reader, parents need to help your child build reading skills moment by moment and day to day.

• Read to your child as early as possible you can
A reading habit can not developed overnight, it takes time. To nurture the habit, starting early is a key, since little kids are easier to follow parents’ guidance.

• Set an reading environment with many books
Fill your home with all kinds of books. Make a book collection appropriate for your child’s age. For baby and toddlers, picture books; for pre-k and kindergarteners, first reader series are the good choice. Please refer to Reading List by Grade.

• Attend book fares
Take your child along with you to book fares in your city. Let your child select a few books and see what type of interest he or she has. Show and let your child enjoy the excitement about purchasing new books.

• Buy bookshelves for your children
A bookshelf is very useful to organize books. Buy book shelves for your children and teach them how to arrange and keep their favorite books.

• Read Yourself
If you want your child to develop reading habit, let your child see you read. Kids copy what their parents do. You can also cultivate your child’s interest in reading by sharing the information from your own reading.

• Let your child read to you
Allow pre-readers to “tell the story” from pictures. Have your child retell favorite stories.

• Give books as presents
Books are the best gifts, which can foster your child’s interest and love of reading.

• Visit library
Make library visits a family routine. Get your child a library card and make him or her join book clubs.

• Teach your child about Famous Writers
Tell your child the stories of some famous writers, how they got started on writing and how they wrote a famous book.

• Tie movies or television into the books
A lot of famous movies are based on famous books. And popular books are often turned into movies.

Teach your child that reading is not spontaneous or short term hobby. It is a life long pursuit and it helps you child build vocabulary, strengthen imagination and educate your child too. Help your children develop good reading habits will benefit them for life.

By making reading fun, and keeping your child’s reading experiences positive, you can not only help your child read, but also can nurture your child to grow into a reader who views reading as an enjoyable part of life. However, reading the wrong kind of books, can have an adverse impact on the impressionable minds of the young. Guided reading is very important, especially, for young kids. Please refer to the recommended Reading List by Grade.

Goal Setting for Kids

This article talks about Goal Setting for Kids, because goal setting is a critical skill to succeed in our career and life. It is the first and foremost factor of successful people. In order to succeed, we must have a goal and know exactly what it is we are trying to do towards the goal.

Why Teach Kids Goal Setting?

As parents, we can shape our kids and help them succeed in their school, future career and their life by instilling success characteristics such as goal setting, and self-confidence into their daily life, so that they can use them throughout their life.

This is a best gift we can give to our kids when we teach them to set goals. Parents’ goals are to give kids a habit of setting goals. Of course, we also need to teach kids how to plan and take action and achieve the goals.
The earlier we encourage kids to think about what they are trying to achieve, both at home and at school, the better. And the process of writing out their goals can help enormously.

How to Help Your Child Build Goal Setting Skill?

We know that goal setting is all about setting a goal, planning, making progress towards the goal and reaching the goal.

Goal setting for kids will help your children do better on their school, such as tests sports activities, music programs or other extracurricular activities. It also helps them in many aspects of their life.

Goal setting for kids is basically the same as for adults. However, you’d better help you child start with a smaller and more tangible goal. You can help your child learn to set goals by working through the following five steps:

Step 1: Ask “What” questions. Such as “What do you want to do?”, and “What do you want to be?”
Help your child describe something he or she would like to do or to be in specific words. For example, getting an A on his or her next math test; can ride a bike.

Step 2: Ask the question, “How will you get there?”
Help your child plan out the steps to take and set some small goals to reach on his or her way to the ultimate goal.

Step 3: Help your child follow through the plan and reach the goal.
Have your child write down what he or she wants to achieve and what his or her plan for getting there.
Help your child take action and keep motivated by having him or her read the written plan each day, and ask him or her to share his or her progress with you. Help your child do some adjustments if needed.

Step 4: Celebrate what your child have done.
Achievement is not only for the final outcome, but also for the small goals that are met along the way.

Step 5: Help your child review the goal setting process.
Help your child by reviewing the goal setting process along the way and at the end as well. Review with your child the goal, the plan and how it was going. How the adjustments were made? How does your child feel and think about his or her progress? Ask your child tell his or her goal setting experience and share what he or she has learned.

Tell your child that reaching the ultimate goal is important, however, setting a goal and work for it even more important. In addition, learning on the way of planning and goal setting is extremely valuable. Encourage your child to not give up on his or her goals, but that if one plan doesn’t work, he or she has to revise the plan and keep trying.

Goal setting is one of the most important skills that a person can learn, and the earlier this skill is learned, the more chances there are for successful outcomes in a person’s life. Therefore, we encourage you think about goal setting for kids and help your child build goal setting skill as early as possible.

Goal setting for kids is a skill that will be built on throughout your children’s entire lifetime. Helping your children build goal setting skill is one of the best things you can do. You will be giving your children a valuable gift that they will be useful for their entire lives.

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Teaching a Baby Good Habits

To build good habits should start early on. I would like to use the following story to explain how important it is.

My friend gave birth to a baby boy about 8 months ago. This was her first child so everything was completely brand new to her. Her mother also came to help taking care of her son. They love the baby so much, whenever the little baby tries to cry, mommy or grandma will pick him up promptly and hold him. Even at night, if a parent or grandma puts down the baby on the bed, he will start to cry, so mommy or grandma takes turns to hold him, it turns out mommy and grandma can not go to sleep at all, they have to hold the baby all the time. Since mommy and grandma have to hold the baby at night, daddy has to take the turn and hold the baby on daytime to let mommy and grandma go to sleep.

Eight months has passed, since the baby was born, the parents and grandma are really exhausted. The daddy thinks that the baby is spoiled by mommy and grandma, and talked to his wife several times that they should adjust their son’s habit, while each time, his proposal is rejected. His wife and mother-in-law insisted that the 8 month baby is still too young to be ignored; they just can not stand the baby’s crying. Last weekend, the daddy could not tolerate any more and became very angry about his wife and mother-in-law, and started to help his baby son to build a good habit. After his wife and mother-in-law went to sleep, he started to train his son. He wrapped his son carefully using a blanket and put him into garage, then the daddy sneaked out, closed the door, watched out his son silently, the baby kept crying about 15 minutes and took a break then started cry again, and the daddy noticed that the baby boy is smart, if he heard some noise, he knew somebody was coming, then he started crying right away. “It is really tough to let my son get rid of the bad habit.” The daddy said.

Parenting is very challenge especially for the first time parents. It is very important to teach a child good habits in order to make it easier for parents as well for the child. It can be overwhelming and frustrating at times to be a new parent but teaching children good habits at a young age in the end can be extremely rewarding and will definitely help them in the future.