One of the best ways to stimulate your child reading interest is to read to them from a very early age. And letting them see you read will also help the stimulating process.
Encourage your child to explore their curiosity about reading and writing. Forming letters and spelling out words can become an activity to help them to develop their range of abilities even before they reach school age.
Try to make written language an everyday meaningful experience. Because most children learn to read by being read to and exposed to the printed word in their daily lives, reading heavily illustrated books with lots of repeated text will encourage your child through word recognition and association with pictures.
How to Stimulate Your Child Learning Process
There are different ways you can try to stimulate your child reading process. For example, younger children may find the familiarity of nursery rhyme and song books more enjoyable. Making this a part of a bedtime routine will make it an even more positive experience.
At around 18 months old, your child should be able to hold a pencil. You can encourage them to draw pictures and shapes. When your kid is able to make a circle, they may be ready to experiment with forming letters. After all, letters are just shapes.
Remember not to push your child to pursue new tasks, but respond to their desire to know and to do more. If something is not fun, your kid will avoid it. If they don’t enjoy it, they won’t try it. If they find it hard, they may think they are not good at it. Your focus is to make reading and learning fun and easy.
How to Read to Babies and Toddlers
Reading should be fun and enjoyable. So how you read to your child is depended on their age. Regardless of your child’s age, always make sure that you both are comfortable, cozy, and relaxed. Also, make sure your child can see the book the right way up as you read.
Babies and Toddlers up to 2-year-old
- Be entertaining – try to use different voices for different characters
- Before turning the page, spend some time talking about the pictures
- Say a name and ask your child to point to the picture of that item
- Point at pictures and ask your child for names of things
- Remember to praise your child when they point at or name the object
Children from 2 to 4-year old:
Before you read, give your child some time to look at the pictures and asks questions like:
“What’s that called?”, ” What’s she doing?”, “Where’s the …?”
As you read, follow the text with your fingers to help your child with their word recognition
Read familiar stories, overtime, see if your child joins in to finish phrases
Have a little discussion with your child about the things you both like or didn’t like and why.
Children 4 years old and older:
asks your child if they can remember the order of the events in the story? About 74% of children who are diagnosed with reading problems in the 3rd grade, continue to struggle into the 9th grade. This difficulty can greatly hurt their chances for future success. As the result, teaching your child to read at an early age should be one of your top priorities.