If you know the benefits of teaching children to read and fostering the development of a budding bookworm, then these tips will help you make the most of the early childhood experiences. Whether or not you have started teaching your child, or even if you are only reading to your baby, you can still enhance the entire experience. The following suggestions are recommended by child psychologists and early education teachers and specialists.
Read Every Day
Reading to or with your child should happen every day, at least at bed time. This is a great opportunity for some clam and quiet cuddle time, but it will also build a regular habit. As the months go by, you will notice a speedier language and reading learning process.
Entertain your little one by using voices when you’re reading to them, and encourage them to use voices when they read with you too. This is something you would see teachers do in nursery Dubai, and it is done for many reasons. While it is fun for all involved, it also fosters confidence and interaction.
Don’t Overdo It
If the child seems bored or distracted, don’t force them to keep listening or reading. This will just turn them off reading entirely. Even if the funny voices aren’t working, that’s okay. Try a different story first, but if that doesn’t work either, just put the book away for a while (or for the night).
Your child will most likely want you to reread the same book over and over, and you should oblige. This actually will help your child to develop language skills. If they can view the words and pictures as you read, they will also pick up reading on their own much faster. It would help if you run your finger along the words as you go, and point to the pictures of the objects and characters that are mentioned.
Use Your Words
A child’s communication and comprehension skills start developing well before they have said their first words. Don’t just use pointing and gestures even during normal daily interactions. Always name everything as you go alone. Play games that use the names of objects. Over time, a child will show that even though they cannot say the word “ball”, they will point to it if you ask where it is.
Most nursery schools will have educators that can spot a learning disability or disorder even at an early age. However, do not hesitate to consult a child development specialist or a pediatrician if you at any point have reason to think your child may have a problem. Disabilities often cannot be spotted early, but if you have any concerns about speech, hearing, sight, and comprehension, there is no harm in having your child assessed as early as possible.
Now that you have these suggestions and facts in your parenting arsenal, go read that book to your little one for the fifty-sixth time!