We often hear of young children who can already recognize some words even at a tender age of two. Are these children naturally gifted? Perhaps. However, reality dictates that more often than not, the capacity of a child to be able to read, even at a young age, is often a result of the effort and time given by parents in teaching their beloved children.
If you are interested in also achieving the same result, then you can teach your child to read personally. It is right within your reach. You can start as early as possible with certain activities that can foster readiness in reading. This can include both talking and reading to your precious little child. You can point the words while you read them. One parent suggested that it often produces good results, not just to point to the word being read, but also the words that you see around you. This will foster an interesting practice to children.
Here are also some tips on how effectively you can teach your child to read:
Read to your young child
The process of teaching your child how to read is one that starts right at infancy. This is true even to newborn babies. This will prove as a very special time for bonding for both you and your baby, while at the same time, instilling in him or her a love for words and stories. Feeling the enjoyment brought about by reading is no doubt one of the early indicators of overall reading success the moment your child enters school age. If they do not learn the love of reading right at an early age, a lack of enthusiasm may hinder their capabilities later on.
Asking questions is a very effective way to foster comprehension to your children. This is not just great when it comes to encouraging interaction with your child, but it is also highly effective in the development of his capability of comprehending the words he or she is reading. The main objective here is getting the child to sound out the words he or she sees. As a matter of fact, even children who can ‘read’ and ‘decode’ words fluently may still be in danger of not understanding what they are reading. If such happens, the purpose has not been achieved at all.
Set a good example in reading
Even though your child may not be that fascinated when it comes to books right at an early age, his or her fascination will ultimately dwindle if he or she does not see you reading at home. As such, even if you may not be an avid reader, you can ultimately make a conscious effort in letting your child see that you are reading for at least just a few minutes every day. You can read a cookbook, a magazine, or even your Bible, it is entirely up to you. Show your beloved child that reading is actually something that is needed, even by adults.
Connect letters with natural settings
Some parents hang letters on their children’s cribs, or spell their name as part of the decoration in their rooms. Such ideas are actually wonderful learning tools. They will eventually be able to associate the letters to the meaning behind them. This is technically referred to as ‘environmental print’, which includes all prints in our surroundings, such as fast food signs, traffic signs, labels, magazines, clothing, and others.
Incorporate several development domains
Children often learn best if multiple areas of development or senses are used. This is basically the reason why hands on learning often produces longer retention, as well as more meaningful and valuable application. When your child shows interest in different letters, and you have already started to use natural settings when it comes to identifying letters, start implementing certain activities which incorporate as many senses as possible. Just keep in mind that learning these letter names is not as important as also learning the sounds. There are different ways of incorporating different developmental domains regarding letter recognition, as well as early reading skills. You may want to introduce rhythms and songs to your child. After all, children love these very much!
Identify the Genre
When your child turns five, he or she can already recognize the main difference between make believe and real scenarios. A helpful suggestions is to begin to help in understanding different book genres during the time you spend reading together. This may seem a little complicated, but it is really not. As a matter of fact, there are actually about five different kinds of genres of books for children that are highly advised for your children.
Word families refer to words that rhyme. By teaching your children these word families, you can also teach them these phonemic awareness activities which help children in seeing reading patterns. It is also a very important skill since it enables children to start reading by means of grouping different sets of letters in a word. The first portion of a certain word is often called the onset, while the last part is called the rime. Once a child starts to recognize a word, he or she will then have this advantage of reading words which comes with the same rime since only a single letter needs to be changed. Recognizing these rhyming words also turn out to be a great skill in language in itself.
By trying the tips mentioned above, certainly, and successfully, you can teach your child to read, even at a very early age. The process of teaching your child should still be coupled with the right goals, thus allowing them to have fun, rather than be stressed. This will also foster in them a love for learning, which is highly beneficial as they grow older. It will also help them to become successful later on in life.