4 Great Tips to Help Your Child Learn to Read
The ability to read is vital for success. It helps your child succeed in school, helps them build self-confidence, and helps to motivate your child. Being able to read will help your child learn more about the world, understand directions on signs and posters, allow them to find reading as an entertainment, and help them gather information.
Learning to read is very different from learning to speak, and it does not happen all at once. There is a steady progression in the development of reading ability over time. The best time for children to start learning to read is at a very young age - even before they enter pre-school. Once a child is able to speak, they can begin developing basic reading skills. Very young children have a natural curiosity to learn about everything, and they are naturally intrigued by the printed texts they see, and are eager to learn about the sounds made by those letters. You will likely notice that your young child likes to look at books and thoroughly enjoys being read to. They will even pretend to behave like a reader by holding books and pretend to read them.
As parents, you're the most important first step in your children's journey into the wonderful world of reading. It is up to you to create the most supportive environment that turns your child on to reading - such as reading aloud to them often during the day and before bedtime, and placing age appropriate books for children around the house, so that the child will have access to plenty of books. Reading often to your child will help develop their interest in books and stories, and soon they will want to read stories on their own.
With the help of parents, children can learn how to read. Make reading into a family activity, and spend time playing words games and reading story books. This will not only help you child learn to read, but it'll also help them build a rich vocabulary, teach them language patterns, and help them fall in love with books and reading.
Below are some tips to help you teach your child to read.
Tip #1. Talk to your child
Before a child can learn to read, he or she must first learn to speak. Talk to your child about everything and anything - whatever interests them. Tell them stories, ask your child lots of questions, play rhyme games, and sing songs with them.
Tip #2. Read to your child consistently everyday
We're all creatures of habit, and enjoy having a daily routine. Set time aside each day to read to your child. Read to your child every night. Make this their "cool down" period before they go to sleep. This not only helps your child develop an interest in books and reading, it also help the parent bond with the child, and develop a healthy relationship.
Tip #3. Help your child develop reading comprehension
Typically, parents will take the time to read for their children; however, many parents do not put much emphasis or thought on whether their children understands what they've just been read to. Instead, occasionally, make an effort to question your child on what you've just read. For example, you read to your child:
"Jack and Jill went up the hill..."
You pause briefly and ask your child:
"So where did Jack and Jill go?" Or alternatively, "Who went up the hill?"
Young children may not catch on right away initially, and it may take a little practice, but they'll eventually catch on and begin to develop a deeper understanding of what they are reading.
This is a very important step in helping your child develop reading comprehension. Of course, don't do this every single time you read, or your child will quickly get bored and lose interest. Do it at random times, and do not over do it.
Tip #4. Help your child to read with a wide variety of books and keep reading fun
There is no shortage of children books, and you should always have a wide variety of children books, stories, and rhymes available. Reading is a lot of fun, for both parents and children. Read to your child using drama and excitement, and use different voices. Give your child the option of choosing what book they want you to read, instead of picking the book you want to read to your child.
When reading to your child, read slowly, and point to the words that you are reading to help the child make a connection between the word your are saying and the word you are reading. Always remember that reading should be a fun and enjoyable activity for your children, and it should never feel like a "chore" for them.
Multi-Functional Reading Lamp
Whilst there are many night lights on the market the one which we can recommend and suggest which meets the guidelines above is the Baby Mood Lamp. The reasons for this recommendation are as follows:
-Ability to produce Red Light – This lamp not produces Red Light but it also produces 6 other colorful lights that can be used during other times during the day.
-Ability to vary the levels of brightness – 3 levels of brightness are possible with this lamp thus enabling you to just the lighting to suit your needs.
-Ability to stream audio books – A Bluetooth speaker located on the top of the lamp enables audio books to be streamed from Bluetooth enabled devices such as your mobile phone or laptop thus enabling your child to listen to audio books whilst relaxing in bed.
This night light can also be used to stream some of your favourite music if you so wish thus allowing adults to enjoy the night lamp as well. If you have your hands with a babe-in-arms then this night light will serve as a hands free speaker for your phone as well! Bonus!
-Portable and super light in weight (approx. 1lb) in weight and using a detachable USB cable to charge the light in under 4 hours means that this light is very portable and can be carried easily with one hand to anywhere in the house.
So portable is this night light that you can pack it in your suitcase and use on your holidays!
-Easy to use – Incredibly easy to use the lamp has only one button which can be used by one finger to switch on/off/enable Bluetooth mode (press 2 times in quick succession) and then the touch sensitive speaker located on the top of the night light can be tapped to change from white light to red light (hold finger on top of light for 2 seconds) and vice-versa.
- Durable - Given our darling children love to play with anything they can get their hands on, the material of this lamp is made of ABS material which is not only harmless but extremely strong to withstand any knocks it may receive at the hands of our darlings.
We hope you have found this article of use to you and that the night light we recommend is of not only joy but also reduces the stress that easily can be found during the night times for your child.
About Baby Mood Lamp
Most parents understand the importance of having a lamp that provides an ambience during the night for their baby. Being able to light up your child's room is the perfect way to provide an ambience when darkness falls through the various lighting modes or simply streaming calm music via the lamps bluetooth speaker.
Parents can also enjoy this lamp as it has three levels of lighting intensity which allows low level lighting for relaxation or brightest lighting for reading. Additionally, the lamp has the ability to play music via the lamp's bluetooth speaker.
Simple in functionality and easy to carry, this lamp is an absolute joy to use whether at home or on holiday (and yes we have packed it into our suitcase for us to enjoy on holiday).
Our sole purpose is to provide multi-functional lighting that can be enjoyed by all the family.