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Oct 30th, 2017

Helping your child learn to read

by Guest Author

Category: Guest Articles on Parenting Issues

Reading is the single most important skill necessary for a happy, productive and successful life. A child that is an excellent reader is a confident child, has a high level of self-esteem and is able to easily make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

The ability to read is vital. It paves the way to success in school, which can build self-confidence and motivate your child to set high expectations for life.

Learning to read does not happen all at once. It involves a series of stages that lead, over time, to independent reading and to fluency.

The best time for children to start learning to read is when they are very young, usually at the preschool level. This is when they are best able to start developing basic reading skills.

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When you help your child learn to read, you are opening the door to a world of books and learning.

Reading aloud to children is the best way to get them interested in reading. Before long they will grow to love stories and books. Eventually they will want to read on their own.

With the help of parents, children can learn how to read and can practice reading until they can read for their own enjoyment. Then they will have a whole world of information and knowledge at their fingertips!

Reading can be a family activity. Spending time with word games, stories and books will help your child to:

  • Gather information and learn about the world
  • Learn how stories and books work- e.g. they have a beginning, endings, characters and themes
  • Build a rich vocabulary by reading and talking about new words
  • Learn how to listen, and how to think
  • Learns the sounds of language and language patterns
  • Fall in love with books

It's natural to want to compare your child's reading abilities with those of other children of the same age, but not all children develop reading skills at the same pace. What's important is that you are aware of your child's reading level so that you can choose books and activities that will help him or her improve. Something simple as talking and singing to your child can make it easier for him or her to learn how to read. Other tips include how to make reading fun, the importance of connecting to a story and how to get others involved to help motivate your child to read.

And lastly, remember, your child needs to know that you value his or her efforts. Children learn to read over time, with lots of practice and support from parents and teachers. Show your child that you see him or her as a growing reader, and praise his or her efforts to learn.

Happy reading! Thank you for visiting ChildsPlay101.com.

About the Author: Geeta Bagga is a mother and a wife; a writer and a professional in Information Technology. Geeta lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario and enjoys exploring many facets of life.

Geeta has been a regular forum contributor for ChildsPlay101 since January 2010. She shares her experiences on child rearing and through her blogging, her articles intend to enlighten parents on books, articles and websites that have a focus on positive children rearing.

Geeta also enjoys writing bedtime stories. Drawing on a rich cultural history and background, she has strong artistic flair which emanates in her tales. Her passion for story writing comes from numerous experiences as a child providing her with a unique outlook on our world today. Geeta captures this energy and builds story scapes that bring much enjoyment for children's bed-time reading.

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