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“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald.
I believe that the reading habit can be imbibed in children when you start reading to them when they are still in the womb. The baby has the ability to listen and this makes it easier when they are out.
Learning through seeing is a great way to grasp. Seeing parents read could intrigue the child to pick up book. But that does not stop you from sitting down with them and reading a book.
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Once you start reading out to them often, they will begin to gain interest. First they might like to feel the hold of a page, then turning them over, look at pictures, feel them if they have textures and then start reading.
What does it take in the beginning to read? THE BASICS. By basics I mean phonics.
What is Phonics?
It is the study of sound or method on how you read. It initially is taught by grouping alphabets of similar sounds under groups. There are a lot of tools or aids available online to help teach your kids. You have books, flashcards, and worksheets available in the market to make it easier for you to teach at home. Age 4 is apt for you to start teaching them, since that is when most kids begin to read. But if you believe that your child has an above average vocabulary for that age you are good to start at 3. You can even enrol yourselves for a phonics course before teaching your kid.
Reading daily can increase reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion, identifying similar words or sounds and familiar words. If your child has still not started reading, I would urge you to have story telling in place of them reading. Listening regularly could help in gaining familiarity of words and help them use it in appropriate situations. Once they start reading, they could read out to you. Trust me, this is such a joy of having your kid read out to you.
Do you believe that if you surround yourself with specific things you have the curiosity or the urge to go see and check out what it is? That is exactly what needs to be done. Surround the kids with books and aids that will intrigue them to go pick it up. Keep a wide variety so that they do not get bored.
When they see you reading before bedtime regularly they are sure to inculcate the habit as well. Soon after, they will also pick up a book and read alongside with you. Have you seen children with mobile during bed time? That is probably because they are imitating behavior.
If your child can decide, then let them pick their own book. Make suggestions here and there but do not thrust books.
Let them read the signs on road or read out a recipe of their favorite dish that they want you to make.
Not all children take instant liking to reading. Some are quick, some are mediocre and some are slow. Take the time to stop, step back and see why where the child is having difficulty. Try to correct that difficulty.
Take a visit to the local library. Not many people visit the libraries these days, since everything is available online. Spend time at the library with both you and your kid reading books. Who knows you might even uncover certain unknown treasures not present in the online world.
Use a ruler or a finger to follow along. That makes reading easier, and also easy to grasp for the little one. Tell them how each word combines and forms a sentence and how does that make sense.
Ask your child what they finished reading and which part did they like the most. Let the child explain in their own way. You can help in correcting when they are done explaining. Note down difficult words which you can teach them later.
Once they grow up, you can start signing them up for reading challenges. Nowadays we have more reading challenges which do help in spreading awareness about the importance of reading and also let them explore the world of books and joy of reading.
I hope the above helps in making your children read.
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