10 Easy & Practical Tips to Teach Your Child to Read
Reading is a significant milestone in the development of a child. Reading skills is not like any other motor skills that develop on its own. The ability of the child to read depends on the guidance given to them to develop the skill of reading at an earlier age.
But engaging young learners to read are really challenging, and sometimes you really don’t know where to start! To get a Child’s attention towards one particular task is not that easy. How to get them involved and interested in reading is another matter of concern. But one thing is for sure that you are not alone in experiencing this problem!
Let’s talk about a few things that you, as parents, can do to motivate your child to develop the habit of reading.
Read, Read and Read!!!
Curiosity is the key!!! Start off by reading out to them, some interesting stories and be sure you make it a routine. It can be a bedtime story, mythological story, books you loved as a kid, Panchatantra etc. This becomes a habit as there is always a question in their head asking for ‘what’s next in the story?’. Initially, your child will start by turning the pages and looking at pictures, reading letter by letter then words and sentences… and slowly, your child too, will begin reading on their own!!
Bring the letters to life!
Children get excited and curious if they have an interacting alphabet to learn with. You can make figureheads for every alphabet and create a play where the alphabets introduce themselves to your child. This is one of the best techniques to make children’s mind positive towards reading. It becomes easy to familiarize two and three-letter words using this technique. This is by far, one of the most engaging tools of learning for small young children.
Give importance to Phonetics
Teach alphabets phonetically, for example, pronouncing the single letter sounds c/a/m/e/l and then teaching them that joining the sounds make the word camel. Learning this way makes them attracted towards reading, and they get the ‘graphemic knowledge,’ i.e., the knowledge of letter-sound, which is very important to develop phonemic awareness. Teach your child to perceive how letters represent the sounds. This gives your child away to approach sounding out and helps in reading new words. It assists your child to understand the principle of alphabets that the sounds of the letters systematically represent the words.
Find words to teach where ever you go
Be it in the house or at a mall, show your kids the objects around like the signs or billboards, spell out the word, pronounce it and explain about those objects to them in detail. This process enables your kids to learn new words. Later you can remind them of the objects seen earlier and ask them to explain it in their terms how much ever they remember. This builds in the curiosity in them to learn more about those objects, thus making them read about different things.
Introduce some fun reading activities:
Introduce your child with some fun reading activities like fill in the blanks, match the pictures to the words which make the learning process easy. Make flashcards with the words and images and tell your child to match the words to the pictures. Play word games in the car or at home. There are various read along- educational apps which can help your kid develop better vocabulary. This kind of activities makes the reading lively as there will be a cheerful response from your child.
Communication skill is the key to learn many things!!
To develop their communication skills show them different sorts of images and let them explain in detail, may it be the colour, people, animals anything they see in the picture. This not only helps in your kid’s communication skills but also improves the observational skills of your child. Ask them what they think would have happened just before the scene and what they think would happen next? This gives them practice in formulating logical ideas that others can easily understand.
Children learn from what they see than what you want to teach them
Children usually tend to follow what they see than what they are taught! So, parents need to be their child’s role model readers. Develop the routine of reading for yourself, and the younger ones will follow, as they always look up to you.
Let kids do the teaching
Have your older child readout any easy picture books to their younger siblings. Your kid will enjoy doing this thinking they are teaching their younger sibling, which they usually enjoy doing. This provides excellent practice to your child to read, yet it doesn’t feel like work.
Have you tried out ‘Buddy reading?’
Buddy reading is the best way to encourage your child to gain fluency in reading. In buddy reading, you and your child take turns reading by sentence, paragraph, or page. Also, called partner reading or paired reading, buddy reading has many advantages, but perhaps the best one is that it prevents disappointment. Imagine you’re a child with significant reading challenges. You want to be able to read the story, but it is so hard. With buddy reading, you and your child read alternatively. They read for a while, and then you read for a while. They no longer feel that they have to do it all by themselves. With this method, they feel your support, and they learn from your fluent reading.
Take your kids to a bookstore with you
When you go to the bookstore, make your kid accompany you, so that they get pick out the books which they want to read. Let your child get easy access to books. Create a small home library and keep the books sorted always. Make sure that the books are available at their fingertips whenever they want to read it.
Engaging your kids in things like this will help your child to realize the importance of reading stories, communication. It won’t take them long to realize that reading can also be fun, and they can enjoy the pride of having knowledge they get through reading. Enjoy reading with your child, and keep inspiring them!
Here are 10 simple steps to teach your child to read at home:
- Read, Read and Read!!!
- Bring the letters to life!
- Give importance to Phonetics
- Find words to teach where ever you go
- Introduce some fun reading activities!
- Communication skill – a key to learn many things!!
- Children learn from what they see than what you want to teach them
- Let older kids do the teaching
- Try ‘Buddy reading?’
- Take your kids to a bookstore with you
Reading is a fulfilling and rewarding activity. Not only does a book act as a comfort and a friend, but it also acts as a teacher and can teach children all about themselves, their world, and the cultures within it. Reading with children has numerous benefits and is something all parents and teachers should encourage. So what are the ways that you try to make your little one love reading? Share with us in the below comments.