Published July 23, 2010 by
Reading to your child everyday is one of the most important things you can do for your child - and it should start even when they're a baby! A baby listens to everything that is said to them and stores it away. You can broaden their vocabulary more quickly by reading stories and poetry. In fact reading to your child everyday can very easily develop into lifelong enjoyment of a fantastic hobby for your child.
You might think that your child is not interested in reading, but there are several ways to spark their interest with a little patience and injection of fun into the process. If kids feel like they are being forced to read, then they will dislike it. But if you start the process at an early age, reading can become second nature to your children. Giving book gifts is another way of reinforcing reading as a pleasurable experience.
Make sure you are aware of your child's interest, and choose books accordingly. A field trip to the library is a great idea, then they can choose their own books. You may be surprised to find what your child wants to learn about!
Praise and compliment your child's reading abilities, to build their confidence level and increase their enjoyment of reading. If reading makes your child feel good, they will continue to do it!
One of the most successful techniques for teaching your child to read is the show and read technique. This is where you read to your child while pointing at each word as you read so that your child can see the words and repeat them. Doing this on a daily basis will not only help your child learn to recognize words, but it helps with their memory skills as well!
When a child sees a word and hears it being pronounced at the same time, they will in time learn to recognize the word, how it is said, what it means and how to use it in a sentence. This can take many repetitions, but they will get there.
Remember - reading is one of the best gifts you can give your child, because that skill will help them develop into a successful student and adult!