Wednesday, September 15, 2010

[baby gifts]:: learning to read

I am try
ing to take a few days off a week to spend purely with family while we get acquainted to our newest addition to the family, Indigo. I have been showered with guest posts from lovely and inspiring bloggers in order to keep this space fresh, creative and insightful. A feel truly blessed to be given such a special present from these talented writers. If you have time, please take a moment to wander through their spaces and say hello.

learning to read
with love from catherine at a time to create

It has been some time since my oldest daughter learnt to read and now it has come time for my youngest daughter to start her journey to reading. I thought I would do some extra reading on the subject which is a vital skill for her future learning. Here are some of the important points I discovered to help develop and encourage reading development in children.
  • Read to children from before birth. Babies learn language even before they are born. As they listen to sounds from such an early age they are able to identify familiar voices and they grasp the variances in phonics, learning simple phonemes like bah, pah and dah.
  • It has been said that reading aloud to children when they are young enables their language skills to develop in an accelerated manner. Engaging them in meaningful, happy and thoughtful conversations when reading helps to develop brain concentration and sharpen their thinking abilities. And the importance of reading aloud doesn’t stop when children are small, the benefits to reading aloud when children are older are invaluable.
  • When reading to children have fun! Getting involved in the story and being a good story teller engages children’s attention and provides a love and enjoyment of reading.
  • Get children used to print in a variety of mediums. This can be in the form of catalogues, cereal boxes, signs, billboards, postcards etc. Children who are exposed to a variety of print are still learning to read and are also discovering why we read. At home a simple idea I have used is to write signs, laminate them and stick them above the items they relate to e.g. door, kitchen etc., simple but effective.
  • Reading a book repetitively is also an excellent way to build upon their reading skills. Children are better able to predict the text when they are familiar with the book.
  • Provide books with rhyming words and also sing nursery rhymes, not only are they fun and have predictable text, it also allows them to recognise words with common sounds. When reading, direct children to rhyming words and encourage them to make up their own, even if they don’t make sense. Getting an understanding of what makes a rhyming word is what’s most important.
  • Look at letters individually when reading, is another way to encourage reading development. A fun game may be to choose a letter and find as many words that start with that letter.
Reading aloud to children regularly is the most important way to open up their world to lifelong learning. Enjoy the experience with your child, read often and consistently, the benefits will be rewarding for both of you. If you want to read more information on the subject “Reading Magic” by Mem Fox is an excellent read.

Thank you Meagan for having me at ecoMILF.
Thank you Catherine for these tips and insight. There is nothing better than the gift of reading and storytelling. This is a wonderful introduction for parents who are embarking on this new and exciting adventure with their little ones!



Frog, Goose and Bear said...

I couldn't agree more - great post! Love that photo too!

Maxabella said...

Excellent post. I use the 'doorway' approach as well - with sight words. We call them 'passwords' and my little fella makes a real game out of it. You have to get the word right to get through the door. Great fun. x

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