Read Every Day
In Early years, reading at least 20 minutes every day will drastically improve your child’s reading and writing performance by the age of 15, according to an OECD report. Do your best to dramatist reading with the special sound effects and don’t worry about sounding silly.
Select a book your child will enjoy
Let your child choose a book that is connected to your child’s interests such as football, jokes or space. This way, your child will be better engaged.
Point Out Authors and Illustrators
Allow your child to become familiar with the important features of the book by reading the title, the name of the author and illustrator. This will encourage your child to develop their personal favorite author and recognize their work immediately.
Read the Same Books
Don’t worry about rereading the same books, focussing one week on one aspect such as pictures, the following week on reading the story, weeks or months later focussing on the vocabulary and later on punctuation and so on.
Make Reading Engaging and Interactive
When reading to pre-reception children, engage your child by staging questions about what you’ve read, how characters feel, and what might come next. Singing songs with your child will help develop language skills.
Avoid sitting at the computer, checking your mobile, or doing household chores. Look directly at your child to encourage full engagement.
When you give your child the opportunity to discuss the story, its characters and settings, it establishes important foundation for the critical thinking skills that are vitally important during the child’s life.
As well as stories, choose books that will fascinate your pre-kindergarten child by the world around them. Non-fiction books give opportunities to your child to learn about the world around them. Books about animals, outer space, and cars, trucks and machines will entice them to love books.
Establish Good Reading Habits
Be a great role model. It’s important your child sees you read a variety of text. This will help your child view reading positively.
Early writing and drawing using plenty of crayons and markers will instil the love of writing and drawing tools.
Play dough and toys encourages the development of agility, nimbleness and dexterity in your child’s fingers that will be vitally important as your child learns to hold a pencil correctly.
Gulam Dabhad is an Educational Expert, Educational Journalist, and CEO of Improve Tuition. Look out for the launch of our new website soon at www.improvetuition.org. Our New Website will have tips for parents, children and headteachers and plenty more.
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