Teaching Your Little Ones to Read
I am not an expert when it comes to teaching a child to read but when my daughter took an interest in learning, I learned a few tricks as well. Every children will learn at their own pace, when they are read but these tips will help you get things started and keep them encouraged and excited about reading.
– Experts say that teaching your child to read should begin at birth. Creating a habit of reading out loud to your baby will lead to early curiosity and desire to learn as well. It doesn’t matter what you read when they are very young: even the newspaper will do.
Ask Your Child Questions
– When you ask your child questions about the reading material, it truly encourages your child to engage in what they are reading and it also shows them that you are interested in what they are doing.
Show Them a Good Reading Example
– Even if your child shows interest in reading at an early age, their interest may go downhill if they don’t see examples of reading in the home. If you are not a regular reader, make an effort to let your child see you reading. Even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes a day.
Identify Letters and Words in Your Surroundings
– If you can, leave words around the house. Leave your child’s name in big letters on the wall or have notes around the house saying what things are like Lamp, Couch, Table, etc. This will help identify words and they will ask you to help them sound out the words.
– Now you may be wondering what I mean by Word Families. Not to worry its simple; words that rhyme. Teaching the phonetic side of reading will go a long way. The first part of the word is called the onset and the last part is called the rime. Word families share a similar rime as the onset changes. For example once you child recognizes the word mop, you can go bananas with it with hop, top, pop, etc.