Help your child improve his reading skills. Here's what you can do to ensure he reads with ease before long.
There was an old lady Who lived
in a shoe She had
so many children She didn't
know what to do!
If your child
is in the first standard, he should be able to read this paragraph with
relative ease. Is he able to do that or does he torture his way through the words? Most parents are eager to hear a child's first words and are
full of concern when their child doesn't start speaking, but not many pay
attention to whether their child is able to read well. Just the fact that
you have enrolled your child in a play school or school is not sufficient
to ensure that he starts to read with ease. A majority of elementary school
children are still unable to read short simple words without a struggle.
The good news is that you as a parent can make an enormous difference to
your child's reading skills.
Until the age
of three you are busy teaching your child how to talk, and helping him
build his vocabulary. Once he's turned three, you can start concentrating
on getting him to learn to read. Chalk out a time every day, when you can
sit with your child and you both can read together. While reading is visual,
it has more to do with the ears than with the eyes - at least, initially.
So make sure you read aloud, clearly and slowly from the book while pointing
out the words. Even if you child doesn't pay much attention to the book,
when he comes across the word in his school text book, he will immediately
Have you taught
your child the ABCD song? Kids are never too young to learn it, and once
they do, introduce them to the written alphabets. Get your child an alphabet
list without any images, and teach her the alphabets. Then help her recall
them. As there are no images, she has to rely totally on memory. Once your
child can identify all the alphabets, introduce him to the chart with pictures.
This helps with phonetics.
When you are
teaching your child to speak, make sure you pronounce the words properly,
clearly and carefully, or your child will pick up the wrong pronunciations.
Review what you've taught your child everyday.
child to rhyme words on his own. You can start by rhyming body parts for
eg. Eye-bye, leg-beg, nose-rose. In this manner not only will your child
learn the names of the various body parts, but he will also learn
to rhyme words.
The next step
should be to each your child nursery rhymes. Rhymes are an essential part
of teaching a child to read. Rhymes improve a child's auditory skills.
Play a memory
game with your child. This will not only increase his short-term memory,
but it will also help him learn new words. While just talking to your child
definitely helps, 2-way participation is better. Plus, your child will
be jogging his brain cells. A great game to play is to start by saying
"Mommy went to the market to buy potatoes." Then daddy can add: "Mommy
went to the market to buy potatoes and eggs." Your child will have to repeat
the entire sentence and add a third item to the list.
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