This is the last post in this series but I’m starting another series on learning about numbers so look out.
In my opinion, it is never too early to start reading to your child. Or at least, looking at a book and going through the motions of reading.
I am an avid reader and always have a book on the go. For as long as I can remember I’ve kept a log of all the books I’ve read along with whether I enjoyed them or not. From my youngest days there has never been a book I haven’t finished. I admit that it might have taken quite a long time to read those I found dreary but I always finish. Sad, but trueJ
Being able to read is one of life’s necessities and pleasures and it is such a shame to see children and adults who don’t get that enjoyment of reading.
It would be extremely easy for me to go off track now and discuss my favourite and not so favourite books but I think that will be for another time.
One of the easiest ways to give children the ‘heads up’ on the pleasure of reading is for them to see you enjoying reading. They will want to emulate you.
The number of children who enter school without the knowledge that the words in the book don’t change is disheartening for any teacher. They think that every time you open the book its pages will say something different.
Reading or looking through a book from left to right is also a concept which needs to be realised. This is whether reading from the beginning to the end of the book or from the left to right on the page.
Before children enter school, it is extremely useful if children have developed these three concepts.
- A respect/love of books
- Understanding that the words on the page don’t change.
- Reading/looking at a book from left to right.
Anything more is a bonus but not necessary to become a good reader.
Basic Reading Tips to encourage children to enjoy books.
- Have a selection of books easily accessible so children can see and pick up the books they want. I have always had so many books for the children that it can become overwhelming. I rotate them so every few weeks a new batch is put out. For little children, this is like having a whole new library to read.
- On the subject of libraries; join the library. They aren’t the stuffy silent places they used to be. Most have a children’s section which is bright and colourful with comfy chairs and tables.
- Read with and to your child. Have lots of wordless books. These are invaluable for questioning eg what do think is happening here? Can you see the…? Which is your favourite picture? Spending time looking at books with your child reaps so many benefits; It’s peaceful. It’s quality time. It’s building up crucial relationships. It’s giving your child that ‘better start’ that we all want for are children.
My child can Read!
Just one more thing before I leave you to ponder. If you already have children at school I bet you are aware of those parents who say their children can read up to level 15 of the reading because they bought all the books before starting school.
There are two skills to learning to read. One is to use sounds to decipher how to pronounce the word. The other is to understand what these words mean.
Without these two skills, combined, reading becomes boring, a drudge, and a rote learning process. Reading isn’t a race. You never stop learning to read.
Reading is one of the first steps to literacy. It shouldn’t be a grind.
What are your reading experiences? Do you love or hate books? Are you a fiction or non-fiction reader? I’d love to hear from you. Use the comment box below for your thoughts.