The way you read to your babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can have a huge impact on how much they love reading and how readily they learn to read on their own one day. Here are simple tips that can help your child enjoy reading.
Use Reading To Start A Conversation
It’s actually not important that you finish the entire book; what really matters is the nature of conversation you have during reading. A parent who readily responds to questions and has a back-and-forth style of talking with her child will help develop their kid’s cognitive skills and social development in the real world.
Imitate Voices or Make Silly Sounds
words like Wham! Bang! Mooooo! may feel embarrassing to say, but your child needs to hear them and will definitely love to see your silly side.
The variety of sounds and voices act as an early literacy skill that will eventually lead to your child recognizing phonemes, or the sound units that make up larger words.
Recognizing and hearing these sound units help your child to speak full words.
Read books with rich illustrations
The least helpful types of books for children under age 5 are those that comes with simple pictures—not illustrations—and minimal text. When such books are compared with illustrated books, the former doesn’t trigger as many conversation starters s the latter; which are critical to child development.
Ask Questions Based On Those Illustrations
Children between the ages of 16 and 24 months add more words to their vocabularies on a daily basis than they do at any other age. The first and easiest words to learn and label from book illustrations are nouns like “dog” and “tree”.
If you see a picture of a dog, ask your child such questions as “Do you see the dog?” “What colour is the dog?” “What is the dog doing?” This base knowledge of nouns helps children add the other parts of speech more quickly.
Soon enough, “dog” will turn into “Brown dog,” and then “Brown dog runs.”
Cuddle your child in your arms while reading
cuddling helps your child associate reading with feeling close and comfortable. This will eventually help your child become more confident with reading out loud to a class.
Share Obvious Messages
Point out things about books that you may take for granted as an adult. Share the author’s name and describe what an author does, show your child how to hold a book, demonstrate how sentences are read from left to right, and what it’s like to turn the pages.
Knowing these basic reading steps will make it easier for young children to read independently when they are ready.
Relate The Book To Real Life
If you’re reading a book about eze going to the market, engage your child in conversation about a time she came to the market store with you.
Ask open-ended questions (who, what, where, and why) to children age 3 and older to open a dialogue of storytelling. Relating a book’s plot to a real-life situation your child has experienced helps them to better remember the book and vocabulary words.