Ever heard of the saying – “Readers are Leaders”. Very true I must say. Reading has a way of totally altering the mindset which consequently alters our actions and behaviours. It’s very important that as parents, we are able to teach our kids the art of reading. The more your child learns to read, the more his/her mind is opened up to possibilities. A limited mind is usually a limited life. You will therefore be setting up your children for great success by cultivating in them the habit of reading.
A parent once revealed that one of his greatest goal is to cultivate the habit of reading for his children.
It isn’t an easy task; kids find it easier to watch cartoons and play all around the house than to sit down to read. It will therefore require work on your part and consistent monitoring to cultivate this habit.
The following are tips that can help with the process:
From day one read aloud to your child. Babies understand more than you may think, and although they cannot respond, they will be taking everything in that they hear. The first years of life are the most crucial to language development, and the more words children hear the better, so start reading early.
Reading bedtime stories every night creates a routine that your child can get used to. By creating this routine where you read every night, it will help your child learn what to expect.
Rather than rushing through the words on the pages, take time to discuss what is happening on each page together. Teaching your child to understand what they are reading is just as important as the reading itself.
A home library is important for all children. It doesn’t have to be huge or anything flash, it can simply be a corner of the room where you keep their books on a shelf or in a box. The important thing is that their books are in sight, and there are a variety of books that they can read when they want to.
So lets know if any of this has worked for you, do share your experience.
Stay tuned for more tips in the second part of this topic.