Hello Parents!! Here we are again for another interactive session. Lets cozy up to keep the December chill at bay. We love to interact as interaction keeps the relations warm. And what else will be the better way of interaction with your own child than ‘READING’. This activity does not only give an opportunity to spend the quality time with your baby but it has loads of other benefits for which he/she can never thank you enough.
Reading to kids exposes them to richer vocabulary than they usually hear from the adults who speak to them, and can have positive impacts on their language, intelligence, and later literacy achievement.
Encouraging children to read has been a challenge as long as there have been kids and books. Reading is essential not only in education, but in the modern business world where so much communication takes place digitally, over email and text-based messaging systems. Because of this, the ability to read for comprehension and to communicate effectively is vital, and needs to be taught at a young age. Those students who read for pleasure not only do better with their vocabulary and spelling, but also in math.
As a parent, you are your child's first - and most important - teacher. Start reading to your children when they are young. It is never too early to begin reading to your children. Don't stop reading to your children as they grow older. You will both enjoy the chance to do something together.
Here are some ways you can help your child become a better reader.
1.Read to your kids.
It’s really a good idea — at least with preschoolers. If a parent or caregiver can’t read or can’t read English, there are alternatives, such as using audiobooks; but for those who can, reading a book or story to a child is a great, easy way to advance literacy skills. Research shows benefits for kids as young as 9-months-old, and it could be effective even earlier than that. Reading to kids exposes them to richer vocabulary than they usually hear from the adults who speak to them, and can have positive impacts on their language, intelligence, and later literacy achievement.
What should you read to them? There are so many wonderful children’s books. Visit your local library, and you can get an armful of adventure. You can find recommendations from kids at the Children’s Book Council website or at the International Literacy Association Children's Choices site, as well as free books online at other websites like Search Lit or Unite for Literacy.
2. Have them tell you a “story.”
This may encourage kid to read and become creative. He will feel confident and responsible.
3. Make reading a regular activity in your home.
Make reading a part of your daily life, and kids will learn to love it. May be for half an hour after lunch or dinner orvbefore going to bed, some specific time is assigned for reading, and make sure it is fun and not some tedious task.
4. Create a Special Reading Place
Create a cozy reading corner, and encourage your kids to use it by setting up "reading corner time" each day. Also keep Reading Materials Handy on reading place.
Keep sturdy books with other toys for easy exploration. Books near the changing table and high chair can be helpful distractions for younger kids. Plastic books can even go in the bathtub. Keep books next to comfy chairs and sofas where you cuddle up so you can read after feedings and before naps. Place some of the books with the covers facing out so they're easy to spot. Put a basket full of books and magazines next to their favorite places to sit. Collect board books or books with mirrors and different textures for babies. Preschoolers enjoy alphabet books, rhyming books, and picture books. Elementary-age kids enjoy fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, plus dictionaries and other reference books.Besides these other reading materials suggested are: magazines (for kids),audio books,postcards, e-mails, and text messages from relatives,photo albums or scrapbooks,newspapers,comic books,the Internet.
5. Here is a way to use your newspaper to encourage reading: A scavenger hunt.
Give your child a list of things to find in today's newspaper. Here are some ideas:
A map of the United States or a picture of your child's favorite athlete.
The temperature in the city where a family member lives will interest him.
Three words that begin with "w" or ask him to solve sudoku. If that’s not interesting enough ask him to follow the story of a comic strip appearing in a Newspaper and explain it to you or find out a movie that is playing at a nearby theater.
Other ways to encourage your kids to read:
Give books as gifts.
Limit your kids' screen time (including TV, computer, smartphones, tablets, and video games) to make sure they have time for reading.
“Passion for Reading is an absolute gift you can give your child as books give soul to the Universe, wings to mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”