Parents always ask me the same sort of question, “How do I teach my kids this?” “How do I teach my kids that?” It doesn’t matter what they are trying to teach their kids, I always reply with 3 simple words. “Consistency, repetition and imitation.” You must to be consistent with your child in teaching them. Consistent meaning every single day! If your family rule is that homework needs to get done immediately after school, then homework needs to get done immediately after school. If you want your child to master recognizing his/her ABC’s, then you must practice his/her ABC’s every day. You must be consistent. If you want your child to behave well, then you as a parent must behave well and model this good behavior. The simple â€œDo as I Doâ€ rule should always apply. The same holds true in teaching your child to read. Practice reading with your child daily to better prepare for formal schooling.
Children are learning the moment they are born. They absorb whatever we teach them. Introducing “reading” to a young child can be done simply by reading to your child. Make it a daily routine. It could be after school, or it could be before bed. Whatever you choose, will become the expected daily event with your child. Read aloud to your child and follow each word with your finger. Reading aloud to children, helps to broaden their vocabulary and develop their knowledge of different types of print. A child will understand that print is read from left to right, from the top of the page to the bottom. They will learn to correlate the spoken words with the printed words.
Early reading skills are essential for developing good readers. Research shows that starting your child reading early gives an advantage in school. Children who start reading before the first grade maintain their “lead” in reading and comprehension. Early readers are also likelier to excel in other academic subjects.
Helpful Strategies to begin Pre-Reading with your child.
1. Read daily for 10 minutes.
2. Keep a variety of books on hand.
3. Discuss the story as you read.
4. Read aloud using funny voices and act it out. (It keeps a child interested)
5. Point to the words as you read.
6. Create flash cards that help identify letters and their sounds. (You must recognize letters before you can begin to sound them out!)
7. Chunking– chunking is when you teach your child 3 letters of the alphabet at a time. Once the first three are mastered you add another two letters, then once that is mastered, add another, etc.
8. Read everything: street signs, billboards and menus, and help your child identify family names.
The earlier you start with reading, the better your child will be.
About the Author
Beth Costanzo is the creator, President and CEO of The Adventures of Scuba Jack, which is a website created for both parents and teachers that help prepare children for Kindergarten and beyond! http://www.adventuresofscubajack.com. She is also the owner and contributes regularly to her blog, http://www.missbethsjournal.com.