By: Rebecca Walker
When it comes to your child's development, you should not underestimate how important your role is in how they learn to read. While many parents feel that it is okay to wait until their child goes to school before they start learning to read, this is something which could disadvantage your child when compared to other children in their class who have been getting taught from a much younger age. Through playing a proactive role in how your child learns to read and write throughout their school life, and before, you will be able to ensure your child forms a better relationship with you as a parent, a person who is able to teach them, and will ultimately perform better in school.
Read To Them
Well before your child is able to read, you should be reading to them. This is something which will improve their reading skills through placing an emphasis on reading as being something that they enjoy, something that they do with their parents, and something which is not solely an educational based activity. When you are reading to your child from a young age, you should allow them to pick the books that they would like you to read, and you should also allow them to interact with the story in as many ways as they can – this will also help to improve how well they engage with the book, and how much fun they can have from reading. Through reading to your child, it will become much more natural as you evolve into them reading to you.
Learning To Read: Letting Them Read To You
When your children reach an age that they are reading to you, it is important they you do not turn this into something which they associate with school and a formal practise that is done solely to be benefit their education. In order to ensure this happens, do not correct their mistakes, only help them to pronounce words if they ask and ensure you remain focused on the plot of the story rather than focused on how well they story is being read to you. Through ensuring that you and your child read together you will also create a formidable bond between parent and child which will ultimately help them to be more open with you about all aspects of their education.
When your child has read aloud with you, and have been read to from a young age, they will then evolve into reading on their own. This is something which you should always encourage, as soon as they able to read, and you can do this through giving it to them as a reward. Let's say your child does not want to go to sleep, then you could let them read on their own for a short while before they go to bed. Another great way to reward your child with letting them read on their own would be to treat them with buying them a book. Once your child is able to read on their own you should also encourage conversation about their books, talk about characters and plot, and try to enter into an engaging conversation about it.
About the Author
The author Rebecca Walker writes articles for childfont.com. He also gives valuable information about child development, home schooling & reading, child development & learning to read, active white board are accessible on the internet.
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