Learning to read is an exciting time for children and their families. However, as we know regardless of family background, to learn reading is not automatic, children require support in learning to read. Let’s learn about How To Help Your Child Read. Here are some tips for parents to help your young child to learn reading.
1. Make reading fun
Make reading more interactive by asking questions and ask your child read by himself or herself, retelling the stories you have read and encourage your child to tell you how a story ends in the rest of your day.
Connect outdoor activities with reading by packing several books and going outside. In warm weather, read next to a pond or lake, under a tree, by the pool, on the beach, or even in the backyard. Bring your child to the park and read a book before you leave.
Consider a reading series by choosing relevant books, which can connect what your children already know to what they hear or read helps your children understand more about their world. There are many book series tailor made for your child’s age, and if your child likes one means there is a high likelihood your child will enjoy others about the same characters. There are series on princesses and action heroes, popular characters such as Snow White and Bob the Builder, the classic Dr. Suess collection. In addition, kids like the series about beginning school for the first time or about going on vacation, etc.
Plan ahead with exciting books on vacation by bring several books with you when go vacation. Vacation is a prime time for reading enjoyment; everyone is relaxed and enjoys a fun family time. Reading is a great activity for around the pool or in the hotel room in the evening.
2. Build reading activity into routine
From preschool forward, parents should build a reading activity into the daily schedule throughout the year to foster a love of reading by fun reading activities. Evening or before-bedtime is popular times to read, reading after breakfast or before children go to an activity also sets a routine that most children like. Younger children always enjoy being read a story on a topic of interest to them, and older children can read in their room, read to their parents, or even to younger siblings.
3. Build a reading activity into life’s planning
Ask children do some research and involve children into each task. Children of all ages should read and learn the connection between reading and knowledge. For example, if your family is traveling somewhere, suggest your child read all about your destination, food, history and natural environment etc.
4. Involve the entire family
Studies show that in most families, moms read more to their children then dads and other family members. Make reading time with dad, grandpa and grandma a priority for your child’s positive reading experiences. Each family member has different tone when reading a book and your child will flourish with the perspective and experience of all.
5. Discuss with your child
Discussion is an important part of a positive book-reading experience. Ask your child simple questions, such as: Did you like the book? Why or why not? Who was your favorite character? Did you like how it ended? Would you like to read it again someday? To guide your child understand more and deepen his or her thinking, which foster a love of reading.
6. Choose right books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
Because babies cannot focus well, it is recommended to use the books with large, simple pictures and bold colors, such as red, green, blue, orange and black.
The following three kinds of books are recommended for a baby:
• Safe books, since babies like to ‘taste’ for books, please check safety labels carefully
• Bright, bold picture books to help babies focusing and identification
• Books with poems, songs, or stories with rhyme parents enjoy to read
For toddlers and preschool children
It is better to let your child choose, however parents need some guidance as well.
The following kinds of books are recommended:
• Books which your child really likes
• Popular picture books with very few words since your child hears them often from preschools, TV or other media
• A variety of different types of books to read to your child including everyday stories, poetry, traditional stories and mystery as well
Parents will find that talking, singing, and reading will help your young child to learn and be ready for school. The written word is all around us, not just books, help your child to read road signs, birthday cards and advertisements etc. The key is to always make the reading experience fun and a time to look forward to for your child. Hope the tips on How To Help Your Child Read are helpful.