Learning to read is a proud moment for a child—and for his or her parents as well. If your child hasn't learned to read yet or you are just getting started teaching them to read, then here are 5 tips to help you help them.
- Start early. From birth, read to your kids. Teach them that books are an integral part of life. Babies will learn to love the sound of your voice, the pictures in the book, and the time you spend together.
- Keep reading. As your baby grows, continue to read, letting him point out and name objects in the book. When he gets older, let him read to you. He may have the book memorized or he may make up the story as he goes, but he will feel empowered by reading to you.
- Read more than books. Anything can turn into a reading lesson. Cereal boxes, road signs, and toy packaging all have words, and you can show your child that reading happens everywhere, not just in books. Plus, you can reaffirm the connection between the thing and the word—say “You are eating Cheerios. This says Cheerios. c-h-e-e-r-i-o-s Cheerios!”
- Make reading a part of daily life. Let your kids see you reading, take family trips to the library, subscribe to a family magazine, and of course, read a bedtime story each night. Reading is as much a part of a child's routine as brushing their teeth, so make it an important part of the family routine.
- Encourage your child to read. Ask him to read to you. Or, just ask him what something says. Praise him when he reads or even when he's looking at pictures but says he's reading—the more positive the reading experience is, the more he will want to do it.
The Literacy and Language Center can help with reading tutoring for those with and without learning disabilities. Contact us today for more information about our literacy program and our reading specialists.