“Babies are born with the instinct to speak, the way spiders are born with the instinct to spin webs. You don’t train babies to speak; they just do. But reading is different”, says a quotation.
Speaking is considered as a natural process but reading is unnatural, so children must be taught to read. Most parents take a back seat when they find that their child who is so good in all round activities but struggles to read.
A child confusing between ‘pig’ and ‘big’ or between ‘dark’ and ‘bark’ may leave most of the parents worried.
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents, so it becomes extremely important for parents to realize this and work along with their child if they find that he/she has difficult in learning to read.
Parents should keep the basics right. Realize that reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.
Reading aloud helps them to imagine and understand things. Apart from developing language this activity would help them to understand the written words. When such things become part of child’s daily life, reading will become natural day by day.
Parents should show pictures or photos of objects to their children and should read out the names of the objects aloud.
Children usually spend more time on activities that they enjoy, so as parents try to make reading enjoyable even if you have to throw some innovation in it. Through poems and stories advertise the need and importance of reading in today’s world. Make children aware how you require reading in your daily lives.
At home, parents should invite their children to write stories and read them aloud to family members. Subscribe titles and magazines that interest your children.
Develop a reading culture in your child. Make sure that reading materials are readily available to your child; complement that with a proper and comfortable reading place with good lightning.
If you find that your child is unwilling to read, do not push him too hard as it can have an adverse effect. Make your child realize that no entertainment is so cheap as reading nor any pleasure so lasting.