The Easy Way To Teach Your Child To Read
Aug 17, 2008 Reading 2786 Views
R.I.F. - Reading Is Fundamental! I loved those PSAs that ran on television back in the 70s encouraging reading. It made reading and learning to read seem fun.
Well, those good old days are long gone but there are still creative ways to get your little one interested in reading.
First and foremost read with your child. Make sure the atmosphere is relaxing and always be patient. Pick a quiet place and name it your "reading fun spot".
Based on your child's personality and daily routine, choose a time that's good for both of you. Some ideas might be before naps, after breakfast or the most traditional - at bedtime.
Only read as long as your child is interested. Young children tend to have short attention spans. So, if the child becomes bored or distracted, stop for a while or even the rest of the day. Another good idea to combat boredom is to read just two or three words at a sitting.
Now it's time for role reversal. After a few reading sessions, let the child be the "instructor". Ask him to read the words to you. If the child is able to accomplish this, PRAISE him, PRAISE him, PRAISE him. Mistakes will occur. When this happens just point to it and say the correct word. Encourage the child to try again. SHOUT PRAISE and whisper criticism.
Children feel a strong sense of accomplishment when they master a "Big" word. Don't be apprehensive about throwing a couple of "tough ones" in the mix.
When reading to/with your child point to the words. Have your child follow your finger. This trains the child to do what is called "tracking", a physical skill necessary for reading.
Learning in the early years of development should always be a fun and exciting adventure. Use your imagination and allow your child to use his.
Family outings are also excellent ways to continue learning outside the home. Street signs, restaurant signs and billboards are great tools for pointing out words to your eager reader.
Give your little one a great start. Read to him today!