Ever wondered, how children learn to read? Considering the rules of grammar and phonetics along with the flummoxing shapes of alphabets, how do children really learn? It’s surprising, isn’t it? In any case, it is you – the parent and teacher who has to help your little one in his or her growing up years to help read and learn better. It isn’t necessary that you have to be heads on with the job, but as long as you enjoy reading and follow some useful strategies, you can easily make your preschooler not only learn reading, but also enjoy it.
1. Observe them: Studies have shown children around the age of 2 and 3 take interesting in reading, nevertheless, it is not a hard and fast rule as every child is different. To begin with, ask yourself if the child is ready to read? The best way to find out is to observe. If you find them flipping through the pages of a book; or shows some form of keenness when you teach them letters, it is a clear cut sign of their enthusiasm, and you should not stop.
2. Make reading a fun activity and not a task: Teaching kids to read should be enjoyable and not give them pressure to do so. Use books that have a big font and lots of pictures to support the story. If the story is boring or is picture-less your child may show signs of boredom and eventually give up reading. You can also bring interest by singing the letters and words, or simply make use of flashcards.
3. Read together: When you sit down with your little one and genuinely take interest in the story book or any other children’s book it automatically arouses interest. It is the best way to help a kindergarten learn to read. Read the words out loud and keep your finger on the words as you read them. Children see the printed words and accordingly try to relate them with the sounds they hear the parent make. Thus, they learn reading as well as talking.
4. Read and write: Studies have shown that if the children are taught reading as well as writing together it makes it simpler for them to read. So, persuade them to write even if it is just squiggling and doodling.
Teaching children to do anything requires a lot of patience and practice. And when your kindergarten learn to read it will become one of the most significant accomplishments that will be needed to make it to school. After all, it is the key to success in all subject areas and overall academic improvement and development