Reading opens doors to a world of diverse cultures, adventures, ideas and instills the thirst for knowledge and curiosity in a child. Fluency in reading also makes it easy for children to comprehend text in other subjects too. It is an art that can be mastered with repetitive rehearsal and has the ability to broaden horizons.
Tips to Encourage Your Child to Read and Write
- Creating a special space at home, such as one in a cozy corner and a comfy chair with ample lighting can help drive a child’s interest. Once this interest develops, exploring a variety of topics could get a lot easier.
- Encouraging your child to explore a variety of topics can help develop their thirst for learning and wanting to know more on their own. Perhaps, you might want to introduce them to books that talk about their favorite hobbies and stories. This could be a good way to help them build their vocabulary as well.
- Some great topics might include reading instructions or directions for cooking, constructing a kaleidoscope or identifying a plant species through its leaves or fruits, traffic rules, safety measures while riding a bicycle or playing your favorite sport, are some ways to provide reading moments in everyday life.
- Reading to your child can also help them become a more enthusiastic reader. For example, reading bedtime stories is an excellent way for them to exercise their imagination, but to help them get to sleep in a better mood. For young children, you might want to engage them by introducing them to touch and feel stories, maybe some that popup and others with creative images or designs.
- Be patient and attentively listen to the story your child reads. Sometimes he or she might try to get a little creative and start using their imagination to add to the story. Engage with them and help increase their interest by helping them along with their story.
- Take a trip to the library and let your child choose books of his interest; you can guide him to a section where he can find interesting books that are just right for his reading level. Many libraries offer reading hours and other literacy programs to develop versatility in reading. According to research information, reading and writing are complementary skills that most preschoolers develop as a hobby and cultivate an enthusiasm for, especially when parents and siblings become good role models.
- Children who are avid readers naturally have a vast vocabulary, and even if they don’t, encourage your child to use new words that he or she may have learned at school. If your child does not use certain words in the proper sense, be mindful in your construction of ways to correct these terms and be mindful in the possibilities of discouraging him or her.
- Provide or let your child choose a stationary for writing. This can be used to help encourage your child to write lists and other notes he or she may like. It can be another great way to encourage and improve their literacy skills.
- Connect the child’s writing with his reading interest – if your child enjoys mysteries or adventure stories, ask him or her to write to the author or make their own mystery story by writing down clues to find a hidden chest of gold. Make use of technology and motivate your child to write online stories, or share a personal experience by writing it down. Older children can write letters to the editor for newspapers, articles in children magazines or for the school magazine.
Reading to each other regularly for at least 10-15 minutes can be an excellent way to motivate children and expose them to more advanced text. Have your child sound out the words and motivate them by showing them just how proud you are of how well they are reading.
Writing down directions about how to play a game, a science project or creative activity are innovative ways to write. Incorporate reading and writing activities into one comprehensive assessment to help your child develop and hone both skills set simultaneously.