Reading can cultivate the minds – especially of the younger ones.

It brings so much perspective and gives benefits to each one of us – even adults! 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.

Here are tips and tricks you can do to help you child grow as a proficient and independent reader.

Starts reading at an early stage.

 

Read and read some more!

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.

Create a schedule for reading time every day. Repetition helps with comprehension, fluency and developing a love of reading. Be consistent in reading to them so that as they grow old and learn by themselves, they will actually allot time in reading and learning on their own.

Isn’t it the plan?

 

Share a moment. Share a book. Every day.

 


Fill your house with reading materials. Or if not, dedicate a nice space or nook for reading.

Just place a small shelf for their books, it’s easy and on a budget. You can also decorate the space according to your child’s personality so your little one can only think of fun while reading.


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. 

Talking with them help build their vocabulary as well as their language. It develops their ability to communicate even to themselves and comprehend what they’re reading.

 

Practice makes better

 

Let your kids read to you, or to their sibling or even to your pet – even if they pronounce the words wrong, as long as they’re trying! It helps in developing their reading fluency, pronouncing the right terms, expanding their vocabulary.

 

Go on a picture walk 

 

This is a nice way to “plant” new vocabulary, work on predictions and build background knowledge before the actual reading. Let them fill the missing words at times as how they see it in the picture.

 

Limit tech time

 

Limit television and video game time, Youtube, phone apps and others so there is more time for reading. Set a time for technology until they see that reading is better.


Have ample knowledge on the subject.

 

Practice what you preach. Your kids can only learn from you at this stage. Kids need to see us read so they see its actual benefits it does to their parents.

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.

 


What is your current set up on raising readers? Share them in the comments!