Literacy and Young Children
One of the greatest gifts that a parent can give to a child is a love of reading. Parents have the power to boost a child’s learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives. Research has also shown that a child who has been read to at home and in preschool has a much larger vocabulary and is better prepared for Kindergarten. Children who are exposed to reading also are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education.
From research we also know that children usually become good readers when they have an environment at home and at school where they are read to and where they interact with adults about books. Reading can be the base of a lifelong passion, a love that can enrich children’s personal and social lives.
The following are some tips to make reading a fun and enjoyable experience for a child:
- Read aloud and with expression to your child.
- Introduce the book to arouse the child’s interest. Explain the words “author” and “illustrator.”
- Reinforce key vocabulary words.
- Children learn with repetition and seem to never tire hearing the same story over and over again. Keep reading their favorite books!
- Encourage your child to ask questions. Point to a particular page and ask the child what they think is happening. By asking questions and involving the child in the reading process you are keeping them actively engaged during reading.
- Adjust the amount of time you spend reading to the child’s attention span.
- By reading a book yourself, you are setting a very important example and showing a child that you find enjoyment in reading books.
As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare him with a foundation for academic readiness!