Reading and literacy is an obvious critical skill for a young child to learn. Starting to build reading fundamentals at an early age will improve a child’s ability to learn in the classroom and engage with teachers and other young students. Learning to read early also allows the child to enjoy reading, while those struggling may find books to be boring and frustrating.
While I’m sure we’re all aware that a child’s mind is a sponge, it’s important to understand what information needs to fill that sponge and what activities you can perform with your child to set them up for successful reading.
7 Tips For Parents To Encourage Early Reading Success
1. Get Excited About Reading Time!
If you aren’t excited about reading, why would your kid be? Right, they won’t be. When it’s getting close to reading time, start making the most goofy and excited faces! Cheer out loud for reading time and make it a happy experience for your child. Young children like to see their parents happy and get excited when they are. If you make this an exciting and fun experience, they will form an early interest.
2. Read Everyday
Even if it’s just 15-20 minutes, schedule time to read to your child every single day. Children love routine and the repetition will keep their sponge soaked with information.
3. Choose Books Your Child Will Love
My god son loves dinosaurs and trucks, so you better believe I pick books about T-Rex and Firetrucks! Know their interests and give them content they’ll enjoy. Unless forced by academics or for business, you wouldn’t read about a topic that doesn’t interest you.
4. Listen to Your Child Read
When a child has just started learning the basics, allow your child read to you. Listen carefully and look excited as they read. Give them plenty of time to battle challenging words, and help them sound out words when they need help. Just like you scheduled time to read to your child, make this a daily tradition as well.
Some positive reinforcement is always helpful, so look to reward your children by offering to take them to the book store/online to shop for one or two new books per month. Giving them the opportunity to pick out a book increases their excitement and interest in reading. My bet is that they’ll start reading the second they have that book in their hands!
6. Introduce Technology and Games
Some children may be more inspired to read if a tablet like an iPad is where they are reading from. The ease of use and touch screen aspect, may capture their mind. On top of that, the iPad comes with a whole slew of fun reading games. Here is a list of iPad reading games for children aged preschool through 2nd grade
7. Be Patient
Even with all of the tips we’ve listed above, resources, and schooling, all children will not learn skills and abilities at the same pace. Try to be patient and consistent with your at home reading strategies. If you feel your child may need advanced help, reach out to a reading specialist.
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What other tips have you found helpful for teaching your child to read?