How many parents are faced with problems related to reading as soon as their children start primary school? This is why it is essential that books become part of children’s everyday life as early as possible.
Parents should give their children as many opportunities as they can to listen to stories, read out loud or read to themselves every day. It is important to stimulate them with new material, library jaunts or even with online reading material. There are plenty of entertaining ways you can use to get your child to become a confident and happy reader.
The following tips may be useful for parents to help stimulate and improve their children’s reading. By trying out a different method each week you will soon find yourself with passionate and enthusiastic readers.
Always take reading material with you. When you go somewhere, be it shopping, to the doctor’s or any other activity, which probably involves a car ride or waiting, never forget to take a book or magazine with you. Try and find time to read whenever you can.
Read a book more than just once. How often has it happened that your child insists in reading a book over and over? At a younger age children often ask us to read their favourite book many times over, and although instinctively we may personally find it rather boring, this is a mistake. Books should be read more than once, for re-reading actually helps children develop better reading skills.
Develop the story further by asking questions. Once you have read a story with your child, ask questions about what they have just read. Make sure you ask the right questions, be precise. Do not ask, “ What happened?” Ask questions such as, “What did Penny do?” or “Why was she crying?” This will stimulate a better comprehension of the story.
Try and control television time. Although it is hard to compete with the effects television and video games can offer children, it is important that children understand that reading can also be entertaining. Try to encourage these moments as spare time activities.
The importance of being patient. Children may have problems when reading due to unfamiliar words. Encourage them to study the word, look it up in the dictionary together, explore the meaning and the sound. By doing so your children will familiarize with the word in depth and find it easier to remember.
Choose the right level of reading for your child. Choose the right level of reading for your child. It is important your child finds it easy to read the book, they must find reading successful, making reading easy and fun. Books that are too difficult will create a natural stand-off to reading.
Work on the sound of words. Try and work on how the sound of a word can change from, mat to map or from map to mop. It is important to recognize the way vowels can change the sound and meaning of a word, or that by changing certain consonants the meaning and sound changes yet again. This can become a rhyme game amongst other games.
Take it in turns to read out loud. Take advantage of bedtime reading. This is a special moment children cherish with parents. Have your child read one paragraph and you read the next,by doing so you will be building a special interchange with your child and improving his or her reading skills.
The importance of correcting your child. Never neglect to correct your child in a gentle tone during reading sessions. It is essential children do not pick up bad habits at an early stage. Once a word is mastered your child will not mispronounce it, while it is more difficult to correct later.
Talk and write. Talk to your child and listen to what he or she has to say about their school day. When answering, add new words to enrich their vocabulary and build on words you have used in the past. Encourage your child to write with you, You can, for example write down a recipe or a shopping list. This is an excellent way to improve their reading and writing skills, while having fun and participating with the household activities.
By Sonia Ferrigno©