Thursday, December 31, 2020

5 Exciting Ways Children Begin To Love Reading

Reading and writing, the two most important educational factors about early-age growth. Children that don’t develop these skills early on, will find that they struggle down the road. They may never be on the same level as the other children in their classes unless you help them to learn how to read and write at home. But parents that haven’t had children before might find it troubling when it comes to teaching their children themselves. Fear not, we have devised a short but fantastic list that shows you exactly how to do this.

One a day

The very first thing you should do is, read one book every single day. This doesn’t have to mean read a long book, but something simple and attention-grabbing. You could blend it into your routine. Read a book that is no more than 250 words with your child, either at breakfast or just before dinner. It's so simple and so quick, there should be no excuse for why you can’t read your child a book every single day. It will get your son or daughter into the habit of reading a book from start to finish and that is very often the number one hurdle. Many children pick up books then they don’t finish them. Thus, they never have the full journey that is so valuable for their cognitive development.

Shared reading

Parents and children should read together, but what does this mean? It could mean something like shared reading, whereby parents read half the page, and the child reads the other half. As part of the easy ways to teach your child to read, shared reading is when you read aloud and do so at a pace that is intelligible for them. Take your time and enunciate the words carefully, clearly and with emphasis on the main sound of the word. Shared reading is fun because the child is waiting for their turn to lead you, and then they are taken on a journey by your reading. 

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Bedtime stories

Just as adults, children’s minds are the most active during bedtime. This is why reading a bedtime story is so great. Not only will they be transported to a land of imagination and feel as if they have leaped into the books you’re reading, but they will slow down and gradually fall asleep. It's brilliant for parents because the last thing of the day is not only fun but educational and children go to bed, on time and with minimal fuss. You can read a few short stories or you can have one book which may take two week or so to get through. You have a choice and creative direction, so don’t be afraid to take hold of it.

Sound identification

One of the best techniques for encouraging children how to read, is to get used to identifying sounds. For example, in cat, the ‘ca’ sound is something that you can use in other words as an example. This can be in a matter of distinction such as ‘ca’ in ‘cat’ is a ‘cuh-A’ sound and ‘ca’ in ‘can't’ is a ‘C-aa’ sound. You can explain why this is to your children and make it a simple task of spotting words with the same two letters, i.e. consonant and vowel. What about ‘Fi’ as in ‘find’? The sound is ‘F-eye’. But ‘Fi’ in ‘finish’ is an ‘F-ih’ sound. You can go through a simple children’s book and find examples or order a book that has sound identification tips in it for parents and kids.

Introduce tech learning

There is no shortage of children’s learning apps on various app platforms. You can buy tablets or smartphones purely for children’s learning these days too. Introducing tech learning is something that every parent should do as a way to encourage more fun and easy learning. Parents can play along with games, and help children through stories and campaigns that are incredibly fun. Interactive and continually being updated as well as new stories being added, many reading apps are going to make learning so much more intuitive for your kids. HOMER learn and grown, Epic!, Skybrary, LongStory and more, are all available online. Some of them will be free while others will require payment to be used.

Parents should find time to help their children read. Even something as simple as reading bedtime stories will allow your children to grow up with a healthy skill set and ready to take on the world. 

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