Reading can cultivate the minds – especially of the younger ones. It brings so much perspective and folds of benefits to anyone. Who would not prefer a child reader?

Parents are a child’s first teacher, and there are many simple things you can do every day to share the joy of reading while strengthening your child’s literacy skills.

 

Starts reading at an early stage.

 

Start a reading routine in those very first days with a newborn. Even very young babies respond to the warmth of a lap and the soothing sound of a book being read aloud.

 

Share a moment. Share a book. Every day.

 


Read with your child every day, even after he becomes an independent reader.


Don’t get bored of re-reading.

 

Most children love to hear their favourite stories over and over again. Re-reading books give them an opportunity to develop a different perspective that may have been missed the first time and provides another chance to hear their favourite part.

 

Spread the joys of reading.

 


Who would have known that spreading your excitement about books will be contagious? Not only that it makes you happy, but it will also trigger the interest of your child to read. 

Frequent the local library.

 

Even in the age of technology, public libraries are great resources for books. Therefore, make sure you include a trip to the library as part of your family’s routine.

 

Take inspiration from your surroundings.

 


Who says you have to stick to books to spark their reading interest?

Take inspiration from your surroundings and immerse your child with ways that adults use reading and writing every day. The grocery lists, notes to the teacher, maps, and cooking all involve important reading and writing skills.

 

Inculcate creative thinking with different materials

 

There are many different types of books available to readers. Vary the types of books you check out from the library and seek out new subjects that give you and your reader something to think and talk about.

 

The keyword is ‘talk, talk, and talk’.

 


A child’s vocabulary grows through rich conversations with others. No matter your child’s age, try to narrate what you’re doing, always talk in full sentences, and colour your conversations with interesting words.


Have ample knowledge on the subject.

 

It is okay if you are not an expert or a reading specialist, but it is important to understand the basics of learning to read.

Decide to raise a reader today!