Starting Off Right When Building Reading Literacy in Children
Early Childhood reading skills are beneficial to your child getting a good start and even a head start when building literacy in children. There are a lot of ways to teach your child to read when they are pre-school age or even earlier. With the right tools and techniques, you can start to teach a child how to read at home and have it be a fulfilling experience for the both of you.
The first step is to Start Early. Read to your children on a regular basis to get them interested in reading. You can stat to do this when they are an infant and continue through their school years. Read books at the reading levels that they would be able to read. If they can not read yet, have read books that focus on phonics. As your child ages to elementary school level, try reading them books that might be above their reading level but that have an interesting or engaging story to get them interested.
The next step is to get your children involved in the reading process even if they don’t know how to read yet. Start by asking them questions about the story you are reading to them, such asking about the characters or the plot. For a toddler, these may be questions like “Do you see the dog? What is the dog’s name?” The questions can escalate in difficulty as the reading level does. Posing open-ended questions spark children’s comprehension, vocabulary and interest. Parents who read to children also must engage young children with lively, enthusiastic recitations that bring characters and plots to life. Make it fun for the child. When children enjoy something at a young age, they are likely to continue enjoying it as they age.
Be a good example for your kids and read books that you enjoy. Let them see you practicing what you preach. You should also make books easily accessible to your children. It’s no good if you have books around, but located in places that your child can’t easily take them. Keep books low to the ground and in typical play-areas so that your child begins to associate them with play activities.
These are just some very basic things you can do to give your child a good start to reading. You can also look for letters while out and about and in the environment around you with your child, when teaching letters and letter sounds, incorporate as many senses as possible, and have fun rhyming. These are some simple effective strategies, but you could also opt for a professional program for How To Teach A Child To Read. There are some effective programs using scientifically proven strategies, which you will find by clicking on one of the resources on the site. Whatever method you choose to teach your children reading, remember that every child learns differently. Don’t rush and don’t stress! While it’s important to take advantage of the prime-learning time, it’s even more important to let your kid be a kid!
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