Teaching Kids How to Read: Your Time Starts Now!
By Andrew Loh
You are probably trying to teach your kid how to read. Of course, it
is a nice idea! A child who develops the habit of reading is a wise
child with a smart mind and a great intellect. As a parent, do you
have a solid blueprint or an action plan to make your child a "bookholic"?
It is always better to train your kid to read before he or she
enters school or you can even supplement his or her school
instruction, by providing related materials for reading. Teaching
your kid how to read could be a tricky task and a difficult
exercise. Most kids find it to be very boring and sedentary
activity, while the lure of games and action will make them
repulsive to the idea of reading.
Teaching your kids to read involves a series of steps and methods
that cajole them to start reading. Here are some basic steps and
methods that will help you teach your child the techniques of
reading, as well as make him or her aware of the advantages and
benefits of reading:
Preparing your child to read: Being the most basic step, how
do you go about preparing your child? Preparing child to read means
making the child¡¯s mind inclined towards reading habit. In fact,
this is probably the most difficult step in the whole process.
Introducing your child to reading also means laying a solid
foundation for developing future reading skills.
Sharpening his listening skills: To develop reading habits in
your child means sharpening his or her listening skills. You can
empower his or her listening skills by reading out interesting
stories and anecdotes just before the bedtime. Reading out stories
from book in front of your kid will help him or her develop a keen
interest in reading. To sharpen his or her reading skills will also
involve slowly introducing colorful and gripping storybooks.
Correcting reading errors: First time reader is always a
confused reader! It is very common to see children committing errors
while reading for the first time. Some of them may even hold the
book upside down! Never scold your kid if he or she commits an
error. Instead, try and correct the error by teaching good book
reading mannerisms and easy reading skills; these may include
reading the letters one by one loudly or just look at those
vibrantly colorful pictures and graphics. All kids like to look and
gaze at colorful animals, birds and flowers.
Choosing right type of books: The type and quality of books
that you introduce for the first few weeks will largely influence
future reading habits. You will need to exercise enough caution
while buying baby books for your child. More popular baby books are
basic in nature and their themes may include very simple and
straightforward alphabets, colors, numerals, cartoon characters and
big lettered fairy tale books. Ensure that the book that you
purchase is light and not too bulky, so that your child will be able
to carry it without any trouble. Wax coated and hardbound books are
possibly the best birthday gifts you can give your child. Coloring
and drawing books are the other tools that can help your child take
an active interest in developing reading skills.
Reading aloud: Reading aloud will not only help your kid to
comprehend the contents easily but also understand them in a better
way. It will also help you correct your kid if there is an error in
pronunciation and diction.
Lending a helping hand: Help and assistance should be around
the corner to assist your child correct his or her mistake
graciously. Children tend to make lot of mistakes and errors while
reading books; these could be anything from wrong punctuation to
weak pronunciation, to skipping in between the lines and sentences.
Making reading time simple and adding fun activities along with
reading will help your kid develop a keen interest in those
magnificent books. However, you may like to develop that knack of
adding correct age appropriate activities to make reading sessions
more interactive and interesting. You will be surprised to see that
your kid will start holding that cute little book in his or her tiny
hands wherever he or she goes in the house. This is possibly the
first definite sign that he or she is getting a fancy and a keen
interest for reading good books. Once you identify that your kid is
showing an inclination for reading, start acting as a catalyst to
carry forward the momentum.