2013-12-09 18:09:30 - Importance of Learning to Read at an Early Age
Importance of Learning to Read at an Early Age
One of the main reasons why kids of the present generation are not too keen to read is that they are caught up in a lot of activities that tend to keep them preoccupied. Reading is a habit that is very essential for children. It helps them develop language, comprehension, and thinking skills. It also provides them a nice form of entertainment and invaluable experience. By reading, a kid can look into all the possibilities, options and alternatives which they were unable to see or perceive before. A child seeks the meaning of things in their daily life as they want to unfold the mysteries of the beautiful world around them.
Books familiarize the kid with their immediate and remote surroundings and impart knowledge which is priceless. Some kids, when they are young, want to read all the books that are available on earth! While this sounds funny, one needs to appreciate their voracity of interest while they are engaged actively in their hobby. Reading books also lays a concrete foundation for tomorrow, yet the fact remains that today little is being done for promoting reading habit in kids.
Developing the Interest of Reading in Children
Bedtime Stories: For children who are very young, the magical and wonderful bedtime stories are the best starting points. All you need to do as a parent is read out to them with complete sounds and expressions. It not only helps them have a better understanding of the story, but also allows them to imagine the story graphically in their mind, which further enhances their creativity. When they associate words and images, they are preparing the ground for reading books themselves.
Reading and Reciting Poems: Poems can be a great way through which you can enhance the child’s understanding of grammar and language. Poems evoke thoughts. When reciting to your kid, you are creating this urge to understand what is being implied in the poem.
Find out What their Interests Are: It is very important to know what the child wants from the books. If you do not have an understanding of what their world is, you cannot expect them to understand yours. Hence, it is worth taking time out to understand your kid and make the most out of the wonderful opportunity to have them start reading.
Eye-catching and Colorful: If the child is a first timer in reading, make sure the book has a lot of interesting things to arrest their attention. Do not jump for the thick fat books or books that come without pictures. Even if you are considering buying something of the sort, you will be simply burning your bucks as the child will not read anything that is not colorful, without pictures or cannot be read within a short period of time. If you want to see your child reading better books, wait patiently, and things will come around.
Read as a Family: Studies show that children love mimicking their elders. If they live in a family which spends time watching television, they will do the same. However, if you are a family that loves spending time together, the child will enjoy this experience even more. How about listening to a fantastic story in front of the fireplace?