Help Your Child Learn to Read Books With These Methods
If you have just become a parent or you are going to be a parent in a few months’ time, you are probably looking to get some valuable info and tips on how to approach that role. While certain people see parenting as a burden, we can tell you that it is a beautiful thing and a quite enjoyable experience if you have a loving partner by your side and you are both ready to commit to the parenting role.
While we agree that it can get pretty challenging at certain times, there is no reason to give up. On the contrary, you are the main role model for your kid and whatever you do will reflect on them, especially in the first few years of their growing-up period.
One of the most important duties you have as a parent is to support your child’s interests and be a part of their learning and exploring experience. Learning how to read and write is a critical skill that your child should fully develop by the age of 12.
Almost all kids have equal reading/writing skills when they are first graders. Still, this isn’t always the case if your child develops interests much earlier and you use the right techniques to motivate them and make the learning experience an enjoyable one.
But not all kids develop the writing and reading interest at all and it is your responsibility to motivate them and ignite that spark. But how does the learning reading process look and what can you do to boost it? Let’s take a look at the essential strategies to improve your kid's learning experience.
When to Start With the Learning Process
This is not something you decide as, in most of the cases, it is going to be your child that will develop an interest in listening and reading as a part of their exploring nature. The initial spark happens in the toddler period and there is no doubt why – toddlers are curious and they want to find out or experience something new each and every day.
Additionally, they are full of energy which can make the learning process more effective. Still, you shouldn’t expect that a toddler will be able to focus on a certain matter for more than a few minutes at a time so you should use this time to help them develop basic skills that will improve as they move towards the preschooler and kindergarten age.
If you are not sure on how to approach this stage, we recommend that you take a look at the Children Learning Reading program – it provides much-needed knowledge and insight on how to help your kindergarten-aged child effectively read familiar texts.
The main thing you should focus on before kindergarten is on experiencing and listening to book stories. You should let your toddler touch and play with the book, as well as try to read certain words along with you. While a toddler doesn't have complex verbal skills, they can still try to mimic your vocalizations while having fun in the process. The most important thing is to make reading an enjoyable experience, and thus motivate your child to recognize and learn more every day.
Make Book Reading a Fun Experience
It is quite common that kids in the toddler and preschooler stage ask their parents to read them bedtime stories. You should have a few interesting story books on hand at any point and use them in-between in their free time to read a few together.
By making reading a family value, your child will be more interested in understanding and retelling the story heard. Retelling is the first step in your child’s reading and writing development. Ask them to answer your simple questions related to the story or retell you parts of it and thus recognize different letters and sounds.
By kindergarten age, your child should be able to recognize at least 20 sight words. The best way to help them recognize and understand the print is by running their finger below it while you read the story. They should try and connect book pictures in the story by naming what they see and expressing their opinion on how that relates to the main plot. Focus on the stories that your child enjoys and be free to leave the books accessible to them so they can try and at least list the pages while you are not there.
While recognizing letters is most important in the learning reading process, you shouldn’t make it a burden – instead, find a fun way to show your kid the difference between letters and sounds, and turn it into a game. The Child Learning Reading program has a few excellent ideas so we recommend that you go ahead and take a look.
Our suggestion is to get some flashcards and make it a daily practice. Whenever you think it is the right time, pull out a flashcard and ask your child to tell you what letter it is. They are going to be interested in recognizing different flashcards and connecting these to their favorite story, while you will get a great way to test their knowledge in the middle of the day.
Another fun way to practice letters is to get a bucket of sand and start scribbling the alphabet in it. Your kindergarten-age child will follow up and connect letter learning to playtime which will result in better memorization. Lastly, a great tip on improving your child’s reading skills, is to practice different sounds and expressions through a rhyming game.
While reading and writing skills are critical for proper education, learning these doesn’t happen overnight. You shouldn’t be worried and your only responsibility is to support your child’s interest and make it a fun experience. Make book reading a part of your daily routine and watch your child become the new Shakespeare.