Reading is great for both you and your children and is a fantastic form of relaxation and escapism. Reading books helps your children develop their language skill, extend their vocabulary and their understanding of the world. Your children’s spelling and writing skills are also improved by regular reading. A good book gives them a mental place to go where the day to day worries aren’t so ever present, it gives them new people to meet and gets them involved in other people’s stories. Reading develops your children’s creativity.
Some of the options which schools, teachers and parents can make available are given below:
Make books available and accessible. Children who become readers almost always come from homes where books and other reading materials are present throughout the house. Don’t put your children’s books out of the way where your child cannot see them or cannot reach them himself. Remember babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are small. Put the books near the floor, within their reach.
Read yourself. Modeling to your children is one of the best ways of teaching children to read. If your children see that you read, you choose to read, and you enjoy reading, they are more likely to develop the same habit and pursue the same activity. Don’t forget to give books as gifts at birthday time, holiday time, or whenever. There are so many inexpensive, good books out there and something given or received as a gift becomes more valuable and cherished.
Make reading fun! Something that is enjoyable is favored. Act out stories, use different voices, and most importantly use enthusiasm. Presentation can be everything. A boring reader makes for a boring story no matter how exciting the story may really be. You might just find that you are having more fun as well.
Read frequently. Offer to read to young children every day, even several times a day. Encourage older independent readers to read every day as well, and engage them in conversation about what they’re reading.
Turn off the television and provide quiet time. Turning off the television forces our children to “find something else to do” and too much television can have a harmful affect on a developing younger child, especially when it comes to teaching children to read.
Above all, make your read aloud sessions fun. This is a great start to teaching children to read because children love to make sound effects, so add them wherever you can when you read aloud.
And we can dream of a generation with wisdom and thinking skills to match the requirements of the competitive world. This is possible only if schools and parents put in their effort.