The time you spend cuddling with your kids, watching them become engrossed in a story told to them from your own lips, is a priceless experience. On top of the sentimental value, more and more studies are proving how beneficial reading with a parent is for developing children.
How to read aloud to your Child:
One of the very best things you can do is simply read to your child. However, there are ways you can make the experience even richer! For our very young children, they are learning vocabulary and a love of books. Children who are readers love to hear you read as well. Sharing that timeless classic, best loved tale, or new favorite is a special time together.
- Try to establish a regular time for reading aloud.
- Find a quiet, comfortable place.
- Select a book both you and your child can enjoy.
- Point out the cover illustration and the author and illustrator’s names.
- Read with expression; have fun bringing the characters and events to life.
- Read slowly so your child can take in the words and look at the pictures.
- Encourage questions.
- If your child becomes fidgety, take a break.
- Talk about the book afterward.
- If it is a frequently read book, ask the child to retell the story in his own words.
TIPS TO ENCOURAGE READING
- Let your child choose. Plan a field trip to the library and let your child choose books that interest them. A librarian can help steer them in the right direction, too. Keep books readily available at home, in the car, wherever your day takes you.
- Read to your child. Establish a routine for reading. Whether before bed or at snack time, reading can fit into almost any part of your daily routine.
- Read aloud together. It’s never too early to start reading to your little ones. For older kids, take turns reading each page of a favorite book.
- Talk about what you are reading. Asking questions before, during and after the read helps your child make connections and increase reading comprehension skills.
- Show your child that you enjoy reading. Be a reading model. Children often mimic parent behavior. Let your child see you enjoying reading and soon you may have an avid reader yourself.
Studies show what common sense tells us: the more kids read, the better they read, and the more they learn about the world around them.
Unfortunately, the reverse also holds true: children who read very little usually have poor reading skills. Reading is a struggle for them, and they avoid it whenever possible.
It’s helpful to figure out your child’s reasons for not liking or wanting to read. These reasons can help you decide what will work best in motivating your child to discover or rediscover how much fun reading can be.
WHY SOME KIDS DON’T LIKE TO READ
- It’s boring. Don’t despair if your children have this response to reading that is assigned at school. You can expose them to another kind of reading at home that is related to their interests.
- I don’t have the time. Kids are busy. School, friends, sports, television, and chores all compete for their time. Some children need your help in rearranging their schedules to make time for reading.
- It’s too hard. For some children, reading is a slow, difficult process. If your child is having a hard time reading, talk with his or her reading teacher. Ask about how you can find interesting books and materials written at a level that matches your child’s reading ability.
- It’s not important. Often children don’t appreciate how reading can be purposeful or relevant to their lives. Parents can take it upon themselves to find reading materials on subjects that do matter to their kids. Let your child see you reading, too.
- It’s no fun. For some children, especially those who have difficulty reading, books cause anxiety. Even for children with strong reading skills, pressure from school and home that emphasize reading for performance can make reading seem like a chore. Our advice: take the pressure off reading so that your children can enjoy it.
One great way to get kids motivated to read is simply giving them choices. Let your child choose the book. Just like someone may love green beans but not like peas, some people love reading mysteries and others adventure tales. The lists go on and on. Once they find what they do like, you can’t keep a happy reader down.
CHOOSING GOOD BOOKS
Picture books represent a unique literary form that blends stories with art. In a picture book, the illustrations are as important as the text, and both work together to tell the story. When you share picture books with children, be sure to pay attention to the illustrations—reading picture books means exploring the art as well. This article can help you get more out of picture books by showing you how to engage children and enhance their reading experience.
HOOK KIDS WITH ILLUSTRATIONS
We are told, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, children do it all the time. A child’s first impression of a book is usually shaped by the pictures. So involve children in choosing books with wonderful, eye-catching illustrations that beg to be explored. Conduct “picture walks” through books by leafing through the pages to look at the images and discussing what you see before you read. That way, the illustrations will draw in even the most reluctant reader.
BRING BOOKS TO LIFE
Pictures enable children to explore the world within their own imagination and make connections to characters and events they see depicted in books. When you help children connect with characters and events, you make the book more real to them.
BUILD READING SKILLS
Picture books help young children understand that words convey meaning, well before they are aware of the text. Pictures can help increase vocabulary, an important building block for reading. Books can help young children identify colors, shapes, numbers, and letters, as well as names of people, places, animals, and everyday objects.
(via Reading is Fundamental)
Not only is reading to child good but also beneficial in future. it boosts their listening skills.
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