Developing Reading Skills In Your Child
A lot of teaching your child to read is first instilling in your
child a desire to read. It's so very important for the child to
know that reading activities and learning to read is fun. Early
on, for instance, if you haven't yet, set aside an area of your
home where your child can have their very own reading area and
little person library. This will get most all your reading
activities off to a great start. Having their own special place
for reading activities will encourage the child to spend time
Encourage them to begin to find their favorite spot within their
area for their reading activities. Grab yourself a comfy chair
and join them and you'll be amazed how much your child will want
go into their reading area and have you with them for a reading
session. And an added bonus to the reading area is a great place
and time for you to spend with your child reading to them and
vise versa. Reading is nothing more than a practiced skill.
Practicing being the operative word. Instilling good reading
habits in your child early on with consistent and daily reading
and practice sessions is laying the bricks to a solid learning
foundation no matter what the subject matter.
Books from bookstores, garage sales, flea markets and such are a
great way to begin building your child's reading library
content. Grab a cardboard box, and old milk crate or two and
decorate them with your child so they can have their own library
and take pride in how it looks and help them organize their
reading materials. If you already have bookcases, then clear of
one of the shelves and make that special place for your child's
books. It's fun to do and your kids will have fun too. Build
momentum early with how much fun reading and exploring books can
Also make good use of your public library. Teaching reading
skills begins with developing in your child an interest and love
for reading. As your child's library grows along with their
reading skill they will understand that books are important,
enjoyable, and always filled with new things to learn.
A good reading activity can involve very little actual reading.
Use picture books with very few or no words and ask your child
to describe the picture or tell a story about what the picture
is about. This will allow you to monitor the child's vocabulary
and the use of the words they have been learning. Don't overlook
the importance of vocabulary building along with building
reading skills. A strong vocabulary goes well with understanding
what you're reading which, in turn, keeps the frustration level
down, and the fun factor up.
Encouraging your child to verbalize to you a story or even a
couple pages of something they have read about gives them great
pride (while you listen for accuracy) and makes them feel like a
reader! And when kids feel good about their reading skills they
naturally strive to learn more.