Reading aloud to your children can have a wealth of benefits. However, for toddlers to embrace this activity and not see it as a chore, it must be introduced into their daily schedule step by step. The earlier a child starts reading (or gains an interest in reading) the more excited he will become about reading alone. Studies have shown over and over again that reading improves creative and cognitive skills. Kids who enjoy reading a book have richer imaginations; they adapt better to real-life situations, and they go to school with a big bright smile on their faces. Do you want your children to love reading? Well then you might want to start helping them develop a fondness for grammar and storytelling. Here are some guidelines to help you out.
Make reading fun and enjoyable
Reading aloud is key in literacy development. In fact, it is a fundamental activity that kids may start to appreciate as long as it is done correctly. Don’t force your kids to read because they won’t. Rather make the activity fun and enjoyable by reading to them out loud. Active listeners are prone to developing fundamental reading and understanding skills. However, parents must make book reading enticing and appealing to toddlers and pre-scholars. For example, you can make a story become more real by interpreting the voices of the characters.
Listening can be fun! Be there for your child and prepare yourself to answer farther questions they might have. In case they ask you the meaning of a word, be there to give them a straight answer. Better yet, help them put that new work into context and help them develop grammatical and word mastery skills. To youngsters, reading and speaking may be seen as very different; and yet, reading is the best way to connect children to a story. It is the perfect example between written and spoken words.
Reading aloud to kids is an efficient way of diversifying their vocabulary. Because they’ll hear you spell difficult words, it becomes easier for them to remember them. The more words a child can learn when reading, the better chances he has to understand the plot without knowing the meaning of all terms and phrases. Putting words into a given context is not that easy; however it can be done the more often your child reads. He may not be able to distinguish all words, but he will have the mental capacity to identify the majority and then “guess” what unknown words might mean.
Let them choose a genre
When reading books with your kids, it might be a good idea to let them choose the genre. Don’t make them read something they don’t like because they won’t pay attention; and all your efforts to expand their understanding will be in vain. Instead check the web for recommended books to read with toddlers. Write down some titles and then take the kids to the library and let them pick.
At home, find time for reading and make “a special reading nook”. It can either be a bedroom, or someplace in the backyard where there’s plenty of natural light and fresh air. Since it is impossible to keep advanced technology away from the kids, why not embrace it? Buy them tablets or iPads and download the best ebooks for their age; make it a week activity and have the best time reading, admiring the pictures and even highlighting words and phrases that are difficult to understand.
Reading books can do miracles to the brain. It is an activity that keeps it active and alert. Encourage your toddlers to read by allowing him to pick a book. Kids will start having preferences; they’ll begin to understand what they like and what they don’t, not to mention that they’ll choose when to read all on their own. If you want your child to develop word mastery from an early age, you should encourage them to read more. However, don’t force them to listen to you; try to engage them with your voice and keep them focused on the story. It is the best thing that you can do to help them love this activity.