04/10/2022 14:49 PM IST
Reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Not only does it build critical skills and knowledge, but it also gives your child something productive to do. With smartphones, television shows, movies, and video games all competing for their attention, children often lose sight of the value of reading books. This is why it's so important as a parent to develop a love for reading in your kids from an early age.
Here are 8 ways you can start doing that right now:
1. Encouraging children to turn the pages.
Exploring a book by flipping the pages (even if it's upside down) is an important baby step before a child learns to read. It supports their fine motor skills and also boosts their confidence. As far as the child is enjoying and it's OK to skip pages, this will help to develop love for reading.
2. Discuss about the pictures
Reading picture books is a great way to introduce your child to reading. Picture books are shorter than novels, and they have fewer words. This helps children get a better understanding of how to read and appreciate reading as a skill. It is possible to convey an idea without actually reading the words in a book.
3. Ask 'what will happen next?' questions
Reading is not just about following the words on the page. It's also about asking questions, using inferencing to predict what might happen next, and using context clues to figure out what is happening in the story. This gets the children more curious and involved.
4. Let them control the pace
Your child might prefer one page or image over the others, in which case they may want to stay there for a while before switching activities or books. It is perfectly fine. When you let your child explore books in ways that interest them, the reading experience will be more rewarding and they will develop love for reading naturally.
5. The story must have life
Use the characters' voices and bodies to express the narrative. This will help the children connect with the story and make it more memorable. You can also give each character a different posture or movement to show how they are feeling. For example, if your character is excited, have them stand with their hands on their hips.
6. Understand the core skills involved in teaching children to read
Read from left to right, then run your finger along the words. Kids need to understand what letters are, how they are put together to make words, why they are put together in a certain order, and in what order they are read.
7. It is OK if you do not finish the story
As your children grow, they will be able to sit for longer stories, but they will only be able to sit for a few minutes as a young child. Let your child determine how much (or how little) reading time you spend.
8. Take your child to the bookstore every now and then
Taking your child to the bookstore and buying them books to read is a great way to make reading a part of your daily life. As your child grows older, you can take them to the bookstore and let them pick out their own books to read. This is a great way to nurture your child's love of reading while keeping it fun and exciting.
Reading is how we all learn how to think and how to problem-solve. You necessarily don't need a book to develop a love for reading; it can be a part of daily life through, reading menus, labels, and signs.
Hope this article guides you well in introducing your child to reading. The earlier you start your child on the path to a love of reading, the better!
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