Teaching a child to read can be one of the most difficult things a teacher or parent will ever do. Reading plays such a vital role in later lessons and applications in life. While difficult, it is a tool we must help our children learn!
Getting a diploma of school age education and care is a great way to help understand how this process works and get the best results for your students or own children. Read below for our top tips on how to get your children to learn to read!
It’s Never Too Early
There have been people who have said teaching a child to read too soon will not only not work, but be harmful to future learning. This is untrue! There are no dangers of teaching early, and the benefits are huge! No matter how young, if you are able to introduce literacy to them, do it!
Talk, Talk, Talk
Spending time talking to young children is helping them in ways you cannot imagine. Drown them in language. Talk out everything out loud from playing to day-to-day activities. Reading is a language activity. To speak it, you have to hear it first! Studies have shown (no matter how silly you feel) introducing the child to new words early and often helps develop literacy skills!
This is obvious, right? But we don’t do it enough. Hearing a book read to them is the best way a child can become interested in learning to read. Also, the more words they hear and see, the better off they will be. They will slowly be learning to read by following along, whether you realize it or not. Reading with children should be a daily routine that can be quick, easy, and fun!
Just as useful as ready, telling a story or even writing their own will help vastly! Have your child tell you a story. It can be as simple as what they had to eat or what they like to play with. As they tell you the story, write it down. If done repeatedly, you will soon start to see you child recognizing words like “me” and “like”. As they start to remember words, write them on note cards and keep a word bank. You will be amazed to see how quickly the bank fills up!
Of course, the unique ways we have been mentioning will help, but so will old school learning. Grab a phonics book from the store and make it a nightly ritual to do a page. Make it a fun, interactive experience that will make them look forward to learning. Children naturally love to learn, and as long as you keep it fun, they will want to do more and more!
At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is to keep it fun for your child. Reading is an exciting thing at first for a young child. Seeing them realize they are learning is an experience that will have you feeling great. So go on, get reading!
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