Doing simple things in your home can help your child develop good Reading Habits
- Make sure your child is familiar with the language you expect them to read. The child must be able to carry out a simple conversation in that language before they can read a book.
- Read to your child often. Choose books, news articles, songs, rhymes and also describe pictures and photographs.
- Choose age appropriate books.
- Encourage your child to reach hoardings and name boards and compare them with advertisements on the television or in magazines.
- Whenever possible visit a library or enrol your child in a book club. Interacting with other children who read will encourage your child to also develop a new hobby.
- Remember that your child can concentrate is Child’s age plus 3-5 minutes?.
- Let reading be a fun time activity and never clubbed with academic work.
- Set an example. Be the role model. Read often. If your child observes you reading he/she will also feel comfortable reading.
- Encourage your child to make his/her own books with simple pictures, objects and small sentences they can form. This will encourage them to read more to make their own books larger.
- Read bedtime stories to your child. Choose stories with a lot of fantasy and allow your child to also develop on those stories the next day.
- Read a story to your child and allow them to illustrate the story and colour what they draw.
- Encourage your child to write a diary, record events or write small paragraphs after reading a story to develop their own ability to write and also encourage the need to search for more information in other books.
- Introduce a variety of books. Stories, facts, activity books, work books, comics, pop-up books, books that are interactive and e books.
- Things to check or do after your child has read a book or after you have read out a story to your child.
Knowledge child should be able to understand and answer who, why, how, where and what questions.Comprehension child should be able to summarize, recall the story.Application child can be guided to be able to apply solutions to real life problems in situations similar to ones encountered by characters in the story.Analysis child should be able to make comparisons or find solutions with the knowledge gained from the story.Synthesis child may be encouraged to stage puppet shows, skits, or sing songs based on the story.
- Always follow these rules will choosing books and while reading to them to your child.
Simple to Complex
Known to Unknown
Whole to Part
Concrete to Abstract