One of the most essential parts of growing up for a child is to learn how to read. It should be given top priority by parents because as to how good their child can read will provide long term benefits to their children.
Although, I would say that most of the parents today are well known to the fact that teaching their child to read properly is a very important thing. Still, though, I meet parents every day who find it extremely difficult to teach their children effectively.
So, I was wondering if there was an easier way that I can find that would help all such parents who are finding it hard to make their children good readers of tomorrow. After doing some research through various valuable resources I was able to find things that work and things that don’t.
For the education of children, their parents and also other family members are very important. The parents and other family members carry out so many activities in their direct environment and they are providing the children a great foundation for developing their reading skills. A love of reading stuff like books and developing an understanding that books and other printed material deliver a message are all key to a child’s education and to successfully grow as a happy reader.
Here are some of my findings:
1. Start early: This is very important that you start early and put your child’s interest in the world of literacy. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a book all the time. Try to make this a habit that whenever you are taking your child outside for shopping or any other activity you read the signs and various labels to them.
Do you know that they know nothing? Not even that we read left to right and top to bottom. This will be shaping the promise in every child. We do not realize these things but these are the things that need to be taught at the very beginning.
2. Read to them: If you really want to make your child an excellent reader then you have to become a good reader yourself too. Reading to your child is considered as the most crucial part of making him/her a good reader, especially when they are around 3 to 4 years old. That’s when the foundation is shaped.
Make them fall in love with reading. Appreciate them when they do a good job at it. The child should have fun in reading because the more fun it is the more often he/she would like to do it. This will not only increase the reading skills of your child but also improve their vocabulary. See also this post about why we believe storytelling should be included in school!
3. Give them the needed tools: Some parents do not understand the fact that it is very important to make sure that their child knows how to read before the schooling begins. I see children who do not have the appropriate reading material compared to their age.
It is so important to get children to read! Therefore, give them the best books available for their age. If you give them the tools they need to become literate and make them fall in love with it then I’m sure they will not disappoint you.
As per my understanding if you take care of such things and try to incorporate these steps I can definitely say that you will be able to teach your child how to read in a very short period of time.