Children begin their first approach to reading long before they start primary school. The love for reading starts from home and it is from their parents that children learn to appreciate books and develop their first reading skills. The following are a few useful tips that may encourage parents to help their kids become successful and passionate readers and can be chosen according to the child's age group.
First and most important approach is early reading. Start reading to your children at an early age and as often as you can. Children have a marvellous perceptive capacity at a very early age and it is at a young age that they develop their lifelong love for books.
Tell your child what fun it is to read. Try and render the story time moment a special one and point out how much you enjoy reading together. If reading time becomes a treat, your child will soon cherish these reading sessions and develop a natural passion for the activity.
Give a name to everything. Try to expand on the vocabulary you come across in books. When looking at picture books point out all the objects you can see in the illustration. Name them all by saying, for example, Look at that train! How many wagons does it have and where is the engine... This will encourage your child do explore new words and develop a wide range vocabulary.
Keep your tone cheerful while reading. When reading, try using different tones and expressions. Make it fun reading and humour your child with funny, sad or gruff voices just as you would in a screen play.
Give a time limit. Once you realize your child has lost interest you should stop, for it is useless to continue when your child is no longer receptive. Smaller children usually have a concentration limit of forty-five minutes, although that can vary from child to child.
Read a book more than just once. Reading a book more than once can seem boring to you, but children often love reading their favourite book even twenty times. Be patient and keep reading, for a child that asks will be all the more attentive and hence learn even more.
Take advantage of repetitive reading to add comments about the print and the written words. Discuss the events in the story and find synonyms to describe it again and again.
Let your child summarize the story for you, by doing so he or she will develop memorizing skills.
Reading books is an essential pastime in your child's natural development, so try and read as often as you can