When you help your child to learn to read, you open up a new world to him and he develops love for all types of literature.
When it comes to child reading development... teaching your child reading... the responsibility rests largely on you.
While schools may teach your child all he needs to know, you can give him a great head-start by preparing him at home.
To start him off to a really good start, create a mini-library in your home where he can enjoy reading. Books from bookstores and garage sales are a great way to begin building your child’s reading library.
Having his own library will encourage him to read more often. Join him and allow him to read to you. This helps him increase his pride in the subject, as well as giving you an opportunity to help him with any points at which he may be struggling with.
Build momentum early with how much fun reading and exploring books can be. Use picture books with very few or no words and ask him to describe the picture or tell a story about what the picture is about. This will allow you to monitor his vocabulary and the use of the words he has been learning.
Teaching reading skills begins with developing in him an interest and love for reading. As his mini-library grows along with his reading skills he will understand that books are important, enjoyable, and always filled with new things to learn.
Only read as long as he is interested. Young children tend to have short attention spans. So, if he 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 with him.
Choose a book that would interest him but may be beyond his reading level at the time. That can help him get motivated when it comes to getting better at reading.
Read to him out of a book while pointing at pictures of what you are talking about. This provides an excellent means for him to develop a basis for his reading. He begins to learn about communication as well as association of objects with pictures.
Point to words as you read to him and this can help him learn to associate the word with the printed text. As he grows, and learns to read on his own, it's important to still take some time to read to him.
Your influence on your child's progress in reading is crucial. He imitates what you do, like reading books and newspapers. The more time he has to enjoy reading the better.
When he gets stuck reading let him first try to work out the word and then help him with the first sound of the word. Read the word slowly for him and encourage him to talk about the ideas he is reading.
Instilling good reading habits in your child early on with consistent and daily reading and practice sessions is laying the bricks to a solid learning foundation for the future.
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