Reading is one of the things that is sadly not an innate behaviour, no matter how much we want it to be true as parents. Getting your kids to read without pressuring them to do so, is always a tough game. So how do we get kids to read and also appreciate it at the same time?
After numerous studies conducted, psychologists and scholars have come to the simple conclusion - parents should simply be reading with their kids. In other words, reading shouldn’t be presented as a task to kids and instead be light and fun. Books are supposed to make us laugh and smile, transport us away from this cruel world and into a faraway wonderland, where a pandemic has never set foot. Once we as parents start treating books like they are magical, kids will grow up believing in it too.
How To Teach a Child To Read
Phonics: Phonics is the base for interpreting and reading languages. This is an important step in developing the skill of reading. Engage your kids in fun and creative games that enhance their understanding. Start off by helping them identify the phonics of the starting letter of their favourite toys. Songs are also a great and engaging way of learning. Rhymes that guide the sounds of the alphabet will help your kids grasp better.
Read aloud: Introducing your kids to books from an early age is always a good idea. Reading to your kids can start within the days you’ve brought your newborn home. Not only is reading time going to be bonding time for parents, but it will also instill the love for reading in your child at any early age. When you read aloud to kids, make sure you help them imagine the story. The best way to achieve this is to narrate the story in an animated manner, which will help your child better understand the emotion behind each word. This helps your kids to associate better with spelling and pronunciation.
Alphabet crafts: Help your kids bring alphabets to life. Teach your kids how to read by making it into an arts and crafts session. Encourage your kids to cut out alphabets and form words that they can read aloud and at the same time practice on their vocabulary and pronunciations. You can even make small puppets for each alphabet and enact a phonics song or nursery rhyme for them.
Create a reading nook: A quiet and cosy nook for your kids to read, may just do the trick. Take it one step further and create that nook into another world. Build a blanket fort and reimagine that space into the story that your kid is reading. This makes reading seem more like play time than learning time.
Brings books to life: Encourage your kids to reenact the parts of the books they like the most. This takes out the seriousness in reading and gets your kid more invested in what they are reading. Teaching your kids to read can be a fun game for us as adults too.
Reward reading a book with a movie: In recent times, most books have been adapted into screenplays for movies. Pick a children’s classic that has been made into a movie and reward your kid by treating them to the movie once they finish reading the book. This is a great way to motivate reluctant readers.
Start an in-house book club: Make reading a collaborative hobby. Read the same book as your kid and at the end of finishing every book, host an in-house book club with you and your kids. Make it fun by putting a date to the next book club session and set a meeting place in different corners of your home. Have discussion sessions in your book club - who was your favourite character, what was the best part, and so forth. Kids love an adventure and reading can be just as exciting as one.
Buy them a book they’re interested in: Buy your kids non-fiction books on topics that interest them. It could be books about dinosaurs, cars, animals - anything that they would want to learn more about. Graphic novels are sure to grab your kid’s attention and make them want to voluntarily read.
Discover fun ways to learn: Learning can always be made fun. Use fun items like play-dough, magnetic letters to form words and encourage your child to read it phonetically. A game of scrabble is also a great way to teach your kids about words and how letters can be arranged in different ways to form different words.
Be a good (reading) example: When you grow up surrounded by something, you grow to love it. In the same way, surround your kids with good books from an early age and make sure to lead by example. Make sure your child notices you reading. This will lighten their curiosity and make them want to engage in the same activity too. We as parents are well aware, children keep a keen eye out for hypocrisy, and they make sure to point it out everytime. So ensuring reading is a daily routine for you too, will help your kids develop a habit for reading.
Reading is a great way to spend quality time with your kids. Make reading a daily routine and plan it into your kid’s schedule. Familiarizing your kids with books at a young age is a great start to parenthood. Always ask your kids questions about the things they read and engage in conversation. This keeps their mind occupied and helps them think critically and rationally. Motivate your kids with books they want to read in the beginning and then gradually introduce them to much more challenging books.
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