Raising A Reader
Raising A Reader
Reading is one of the most important skills for a child to acquire. It is the key to almost everything else your child will do in school and to many things done outside of school as well. Follow these suggestions to raise a child who delights in reading.
- Treat book time as if it is one of the best parts of your day. If possible, avoid sending a rowdy child to her room to read books; reading should not feel like a punishment.
- Use blocks, wooden letters, paper letters, or magnetic letters to help your child touch and see letters as he learns them.
- Try to spend at least 20 minutes reading to your child each day.
- Get on your child’s level to see what print he can see. Point out words everywhere you go. You will be surprised how quickly your child will learn to read words on labels of favorite foods, on the logos of favorite restaurants, and on his clothing.
- Chances are, your child will pick a favorite book and want you to read over and over until you never want to see it again. Bear with her. Ask her to red the book to you. You may be surprised she can read it back to you easily and may easily recognize some of the words on her own.
- Road signs are a great way to help your child spot familiar words because they come with bold print, interesting shapes, and bright colours.
- Let your child see you reading and writing as often as possible. Whether you are reading junk mail, a novel, the comics, or e-mail, help her see that reading is a treat and something that “big people do”.
- Give your child opportunities to create his own reading material by “writing” on a piece of paper. Even if you cannot read it at all, ask him to tell you what his writing says, just as you would if he had drawn a picture. Or, let him draw several pieces of art and tell you a story around them. Write the story at the bottom of the pages; then staple them together to make a book you can read.
- When your child starts to recognize words, write words naming household objects on index cards and attach them to the objects themselves. After your child recognizes the words, mix them up and let him put them back on their correct objects.
- As your child learns to read, record or videotape her reading and play it back to her. She will be amazed to see herself as a real reader.