Reading With Your Child
Start Young and Stay With It
(Part 2 of a 2 part article)
One More Time
You may go through a period when your child favors one book and wants it read night after night. It is not unusual for children to favor a particular story, and this can be boring for parents. Keep in mind, however, a favorite story may speak to your child’s interests or emotional needs. Be patient. Continue to expose your children to a wealth of books and eventually they will be ready for more stories.
Talking About Stories
It’s often a good idea to talk about a story you’re reading, but you needn’t feel compelled to talk about every story. Good stories will encourage a love for reading, with or without conversation. And sometimes children need time to think about stories they’ve read. A day or so later, don’t be surprised if your child mentions something from a story you’ve read together.
Remember When You Were Very Young
It will help to consider some things adult readers tend to take for granted. It’s easier to be patient with children when we remember how much they don’t know. Here are a few concepts we adults know so well we forget sometimes we never had to learn them:
- There’s a difference between words and pictures. Point to the print as you read aloud.
- Words on a page have meaning and that is what we learn to read.
- Words go across the page from left to right. Follow with your finger as you read.
- Words on a page are made up of letters are separated by a space.
- Each letter has at least two forms: one for capital letters and one for small letters.
Imagine how you would feel if you were trying to interpret a book full of such symbols. That’s how young readers feel. But, a little patience (maybe by turning it into a puzzle you can solve together) is certain to build confidence.
Advertise the Joy of Reading!
Our goal is to motivate children to read so they will practice reading independently and become fluent and become fluent readers. That happens when children enjoy reading. We parents can do for reading what fast food chains do for hamburgers….ADVERTISE! And we advertise by reading great stories and poems to children.
We can help our children find the tools they need to succeed in life. Having access to information through the printed word is an absolute necessity. Knowledge is power and books are full of it. But reading is more than just a practical tool. Through books we can enrich our minds; we can relax and enjoy some precious leisure moments.
With your help, as your children begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word, they can grow into adults who read easily and frequently whether for business, knowledge or pleasure.