Help your child become more confident with the help of this handy guide.
a bright, friendly child, but every time he was called upon to read aloud in class, he wouldn't be able to get through the paragraph without stuttering and stammering.
incredibly talkative, and her mother had difficulty in getting her to stay
silent. But when Janhavi was called upon to read a paragraph aloud by her
Second Standard class teacher, she froze. After a lot of hems and haws,
she finally struggled through the paragraph and sat down, relieved.
You will find
that many children, whether shy or talkative, are not at ease when asked
to read aloud from a selection. Even children who are good, fast readers,
stumble through a relatively easy paragraph when reading aloud. While a
child may possess the language and phonetic skills to read well, he may
lack in one major area: confidence. Of course, even a relatively confident
child may not be able to read aloud with ease, which is why practice is
imperative. Encourage your child to read aloud everyday, and you will be
amazed at the difference this makes to his overall personality development.
Here's how you can do it.
best if you begin this practice from the time your child is in kindergarten
itself, it is never too late to learn. Even a teenager will benefit from
this practical exercise.
begin, try this little exercise:
and even adults, often mispronounce words beginning with the word 'v',
and pronounce it as 'w', or vice versa. Stress on phonetics by making your
child repeat words like 'very well' ten times, 'very vast' ten times, and
'very well very vast' together, another ten times.
It's time to
begin. Mark a selection which is age-appropriate for your child. If you
like, every once in a while, for particularly difficult selections, you
could make two copies of the page: one for yourself and one for your child.
your child read the selection in his mind, and see if he understands what
it means. If there is a word he doesn't understand, you could explain it
to him. Make a note of the words he didn't understand.
When your child
has read the selection and is ready to read aloud, ask him to first stand
a little further away, so his voice opens up. The louder he speaks, the
less inhibited he will be. His voice will grow strong and will develop
As he reads,
mark the words he mispronounced on your sheet of paper, and correct him
once he has finished reading. Don't keep stopping him midway to check him.
to re-read the selection until he has got it right.
Once he has
finished reading, ask him certain questions about the selection, to gauge
how well he has understood it. A few days later, you could ask him to read
the same selection once again, and see if he has improved, and if he remembered
the corrections. Ask him the meanings of the words he did not understand
the first time round, and see if he remembered them.
childread aloud on a daily basis helps him gain confidence, and also vastly
improves his pronunciation and vocabulary. This confidence will help him
tackle elocution contests, debates and other public speaking events with
far more ease than his peers.
of reading aloud, at a glance:
Inculcates a love
Helps with voice
can see, encouraging your child to read just a small section aloud to you,
can make a world of difference. Start now!
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