Reading is one of the skills that every child should develop from their young age of life. However, in order to develop his reading habits, you need to start teaching to read as early as possible. This can be from the infant age or even during the pregnancy. However, I don’t mean that you need to teach lessons on how to read books. Instead, create a good learning environment around your kid when he or she is really young. You can teach reading for your toddler by giving him lot of age appropriate books or by reading together with him. This will be a good start for your kid to learn reading.
Don’t forget that reading style of parents to their preschoolers have great impact on how much they love reading and how gladly they learn to read on their own. So, start from young age. Give books for your infant or toddler. Read books for your kid even during your pregnancy. All these will affect your kid in a positive way.
Here we list out some tips to help develop reading habits in your child. If you look for how to teach your child to read, these tips will be helpful for you.
How to Teach your Child to Read?
Read rich illustration contents:
Choose books with illustrations as they trigger conversation starters, which is important for child development. Kids will create stories around the illustrations and this is the basic foundation of reading books.
Ask questions on the illustrations:
Kids of 16-24 months old will add more words to their vocabulary than they do at any other age. Some first and easy words to learn and label from illustrations are like ‘tree, dog, etc’. So when you see a picture of a dog, ask your kid, ‘do you see the dog? Base knowledge of nouns helps them put in other parts of speech quickly. You will soon notice dogs are turning into ‘brown dog’! They will even say ‘there are two brown dogs’ or there is one brown dog’!
Provide some obvious details:
Share things about books that you may neglect such as author’s name and what he does. Show your kid how to hold a book, show how to read sentences from left to right and how to turn pages. These are basic reading steps making your kids to read independently soon.
Relate plots to real life:
When you read a book about a girl going to the grocery store, encourage your kid to speak about a time she came to the grocery store with you. Ask questions and allow kids to open a dialogue of storytelling. Relating plots to real life will help him or her remember the book and vocabulary.
With such tips, we hope you will develop good reading habits for your kid from his early stages of life.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog where she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences. She is an engineer and a trainer who works in the construction industry. She is the founder of Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)