Developing Reading Habits in Your Kid is Easier Now Than Ever!
By Andrew Loh
Emerging statistics are startling and mind boggling! Almost 38% of
all third and fourth graders in the United States are unable to read
a simple poem in English. This data includes kids from all strata of
society, including income, religion and ethnicity. Most of the
children from this group often drone, hesitate and commit errors
while reading books. He or she could be one of the 10 million
elementary aged school going children who is performing far below
the normal reading potential.
Certainly, thousands of children from a number of countries cannot
be so lazy nor have other symptoms! It is almost surprising to see
that children sitting in their classrooms struggling with their
reading. Parents are worried about this shocking trend, while
teachers are trying hard to find a valid solution to the problem.
But, here is good news! Research studies indicate that almost 95% of
children can really learn to read at elementary grade by spending
just 15 to 20 minutes with proper guidance and care. As a parent,
you can make a real difference in your child¡¯s ability to read by
utilizing 15 minutes every day with your son or daughter.
One of the biggest and most remarkable milestones in your kid¡¯s life
is when he or she learns to read! You may be always asking a simple,
but complicated question, ¡°When will my kid start to learn reading
books?¡± In essence, this is a very complicated question that bothers
almost every parent in the world. But, with the evolving research
and improved teaching methods, you can start teaching your kid how
to read and understand books.
Mother is the first teacher to her baby. Your baby starts to learn
and comprehend things as soon he or she is born. Parents are always
teaching their kids. We keep talking nice things to kids. We read
stories and sing poems for them. We hug our babies with lot of
affection and love. Teaching starts from the first day when your kid
is born. Reading is just another skill that needs more effort both
from you as well as your kid.
The main key to become a good reader is an exposure to the reading
habit very early in your kid¡¯s life. It is also a factor of an early
exposure to the wonderful world of languages. The more the kids get
an exposure to quality language the better will be her or his
ability to become a good reader. But, the biggest question here is
how can you do that?
Here are some of the most common and practical tips to make your
child learn reading quicker and faster:
Consistent and Habitual Reading: Reading continuously and in a
habitual manner can make your child learn reading in a double quick
time. Reading to children in a loud voice will help you child
increase the general knowledge of the world, enhance vocabulary
skills, jack up familiarity with written language (or what you call
'book language'), and step up an active interest in reading. When
your kid listens to words read continuously, he or she will start
showing an active interest in the language. She or he will also feel
that reading is something is really enjoyable and pleasing. Repeated
reading habit will not only help your kid learn how to read but also
succeed in academic activities.
Using normal and easy to learn language: Right communication starts
at your home, and as a parent you will need to talk to your kids in
a more refined and polished way. Children are avid and quick
learners at all age groups, quickly absorbing critical information
through normal interactions and associated experiences with other
children, adults, and the general environment. The general rule is
very simple and straightforward: The more interactive and
interesting conversation and playtime your child is involved in, the
more he or she can learn and better will be the ability to talk and
read in the future.
Playing meaningful games: Interactive games are the best source of
reading and writing skills; a number of games help children read
something before they can proceed to the next step of the game. One
simple example is matching words with pictures by reciting the word
loudly. This type of interactive game is extremely beneficial and
cajoling in making your child learn reading books at a young age.
In summary, just realize that teaching your kid to learn reading
starts right in his or her ears! You can lay a strong foundation for
success in reading and comprehending by slowly and surely reading
stories to your kids, talk in a simple language and by playing
linguistics related games and riddles. As you start reading more
numbers of books, your child will start picking up a small
collection of simple words. As he or she starts to build the power
of vocabulary, the future will also look brighter and promising.