How To Teach Your Child To Read
Image you are having a weekend party with your neighbors and all the kids are playing together. Then you start noticing their 2 and 3 year old kids start reading the children books and your 5 year old child can’t read a word. How would it make you feel?
Reading is important and having the ability to read is crucial for success at any level. Being able to read helps your child excel in school and make them have more self-confidence in front of their classmates.Having the reading skill at a very young age will help your child gain better understanding about the world, knowing the meaning of the signs and posters at public places.
It’s not exactly the same thing between learning to read and to speak. In fact they are two very different things and it does not happen at the same time. It takes steady progression to develop the reading ability over time.
When is the best time for children to start learning to read?
The answer might vary from different point of view of parents. But to me the sooner the better – at a very young age – and even before they go to pre-school.
Once your child is able to speak, they can begin developing some basic reading skills. You can start teaching them letter names and sounds. Young kids have a natural curiosity to learn about anything and everything. They are naturally fascinated by the printed texts, signs and whatever they can see around them and are eager to find out what those letters mean and how to read them.
Have you noticed that young kids look loving at books and enjoy being read to at the same time? They might even pretend to read the books and hold them on their hands.
As parents, the most important first step in your children’s development journey is to help them learn how to read. It is your responsibility to create the most supportive environment that turns your child into an early reader. With the help of parents, any child can learn how to read.
Watch this video to see a 1 Year Old Child Reading Flash Card Pictures from A-Z
Below are 5 tips to help you teach your child to read:
Tip #1. Become A Role Model
Have you heard the saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”?
Did you know that children don’t tend to listen to what you say but they are more likely to follow your examples?
In this case, if you want your children to learn reading, or to have the reading habit, then you must be a reader yourself. As a role model parent, becoming a vivid reader at home is a must. Wouldn’t it be lovely to see your family who sit around a table and read? When you read, your child will observe. They might come to ask you what you are reading. Then they might like to join you and all you need to do is to give them a good book to read.
Make reading a family activity, a family get-together and spend time playing words games and reading good books. This will not only help them build a rich vocabulary but also teach them language patterns, and help them fall in love with books and the idea of learning.
Tip #2. Talk to your child
Okay, your child must first learn to speak before a child can learn to read. Talking to your child about things that interest them. An easy way is to tell them stories and ask your child lots of questions such as how is your day, what do you do today, etc…
Tip #3. Read to your child consistently everyday
We’re all creatures of habit, so it’s better to have good habits. Like I mentioned above, make some spare time every day to read to your child. Read bedtime stories to them. We tend to remember things we learn before we go to sleep. This not only helps your child remember what they learn but also build the strong family bond between you and your child.
Tip #4. Help your child develop reading comprehension
When you read something to your children, a book, a story or anything, ask them questions about what you just read. For example if you are reading a story, ask them how many characters there are in the story and what do they do. Ask them more details. This will develop the reading comprehensive skill for the child.
Young children may not give the right answers initially, and it’s okay. They’ll eventually catch on and begin to develop a deeper understanding of what they are reading. Of course, don’t do this every single time you read, or your child will quickly get bored and lose interest or become nervous because they are afraid that you will ask them questions. Do it at randomly and naturally, and do not over do it.
Tip #5. Help your child to read with a wide variety of books and keep reading fun
There is no shortage of children books. In fact if you go to the children section in any bookstore you will always find a wide variety of children books, stories, and rhymes available. Take them to the bookstore and let them choose the books they like. This will increase the interest for the child.
Reading is a fun and useful activity for both you and children. You can make it more fun by pretending to be the character in the story, use different voice and other techniques. When reading to your child, read slowly and clearly to make sure they know the correct pronunciation. Also, point your index finger to the words that you are reading to help the child know which word you are reading.
If you’d like to learn the system I personally use to help my children learn to read at the age of 2 and 3, click on the link below to learn more:
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