Helping your child learn to read: 4 amazing ways to give your child a head-start in life

Charlotte Thompson, 16 Oct 2019

Does your child know how to read? Do they love it not?

Reading should not only be considered solely as a learning experience, but it also should be looked at as a fun activity that children look forward to.

The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough in young children. Parents must make an effort to place reading activities as a daily priority. Reading does not only enhance a child’s vocabulary, but it also helps them understand how to read and write and allows them to gain a perspective about the world around them.

Some key benefits of reading include:

  • Helps children absorb knowledge and sets them up for future successes

  • Assists children develop essential language skills

  • Affects their brain activity and promotes their early reading skills

  • Enhances children’s concentration levels

  • Encourages children to be curious

  • Develops children’s creativity and imagination

“Reading to children aged 4-5 every day has a significant positive effect on their reading skills and cognitive skills (i.e., language and literacy, numeracy and cognition) later in life.”

Helping your child to read through a reading routine

Helping your child learn to read is one of the most important things you can do in your spare-time. Reading with them daily helps them develop skills and adopt a regular reading routine. If your child does not like to learn, you can take alternate turns reading 1-2 lines each. The key is to incorporate a reading routine every week. Practice makes perfect, and by reading regularly, your child will slowly develop a positive reading attitude.

“Reading to them 6-7 days per week has the same effect as being almost 12 months older.”

Setting aside time and helping your child learn to read can massively increase their reading abilities in a variety of areas, including:

  • Reading comprehension

  • Vocabulary skills

  • Recognising words

  • Learning to sound out unfamiliar words

If your child still hasn’t learnt to read, it is important to adopt a daily story time routine. This routine will help instil an appreciation for reading which they will then take with them once they do learn to read. Once your child learns how to read, you can slowly move the reading responsibilities onto them and encourage them to read without your assistance.

A great way to encourage positive reading habits is by having books readily available in the car, bathroom, near their bed and the living room. This can inspire them to pick up a book and read rather than watching TV or listening to music. 

It is also extremely beneficial to be a role model for your child and lead by example. When your child sees you reading before bed or for your leisure, they will most likely develop those same behaviours. This will help them to enjoy reading, not only for learning but also for entertainment.

Make reading fun: helping your child to read

A great way to help your child learn is by making it fun! They should see reading as a pleasant activity rather than a chore. Making reading a creative activity will help them enjoy it. Most of the time, children are uninterested in reading because they don't like the book that has been placed in front of them. It is essential that the genre of the book is entertaining and one your child enjoys. Finding the right genre can be the secret key to sparking your child's lifelong love for reading.

Helping your child learn to read through exposing them to different types of stories helps them remain interested and excited when it comes time to read. Try providing children with materials about whatever subject they show a vested interest in. Whether your child loves crime, outer space or the jungle, find the perfect match to keep your child's interest sparked during reading time.

Helping your child to read through more ways than one

Remember! Books are not the only way to read. Change it up, use an e-reader, or computer to complete reading activities. Books can sometimes be boring for children, whereas new technologies can be more appealing. These technologies can be educational as long as they don't wholly erase traditional methods and formats. There are many different ways children can develop their reading skills. They do not necessarily have to open a book. The world around them brings forward plenty of reading opportunities they may not realise.

Here are some techniques you can try to encourage your child to improve their reading skills:

  • Watching a movie? Turn on the subtitles to help your child to read these while watching.

  • Making dinner? Encourage your child to select a recipe and read out the steps aloud to you.

  • Out and about? Encourage your child to read road signs, weather reports and store hours of operation.

Incorporating reading into everyday activities and ones that your child loves will help show them that text is a crucial part of their daily life. It will also encourage them to continue to improve their skills.

Helping your child to read by staying involved

Helping your child learn to read starts at home. Educators and teachers may not pick up on your child's difficulties, especially when they are in group settings. It is crucial to stay involved in your child's reading activities and monitor their progress to stay ahead of any potential reading issues.

Take the time to read with your child and observe their behaviours. If you feel like your child needs help learning to read, and their skills could be improved, it is important to incorporate different methods. Talking to educators and teachers can also assist, as they can identify learning gaps and make improvements.

At Young Academics, we ensure children develop positive reading skills and become inspired through reading activities. Our philosophy and educational programs are built on children learning through a structured and spontaneous learning experience. In particular, we incorporated reading into our Evolution and Transition to School programs, meaning no matter how old your little one, they are exposed to the beauty of reading in our care. 

Enrol your child today! Call us on 1300 668 993.

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