On this day we at Baby Steps would like to take the opportunity to remind parents of how important their role is in their child’s education. Most importantly in their child’s reading and love for reading.
A child that loves reading, will love learning. Most scholastic difficulties are due to poor reading skills.
Your child is never too young to be taught to love books and to love reading!
Reading to your child on a regular basis sends out the message that reading is important and worthwhile.
What the young child will gain from you reading to them?
- They will get to enjoy some quality bonding time with you.
- They will learn that there is a difference between words and pictures. Make sure you point to the print as you read aloud.
- They will be able to work out that the words on a page have meaning.
- A young child will learn that words go across the page from left to right. You can demonstrate this by following the words with your finger as you read.
- They will see that the words on a page are made up of letters and are separated by a space.
- By the tone and expression in your voice, the young child will slowly learn punctuation and when a sentence or story has ended.
Change it up
- Reading a story without any pictures will help develop your child’s imagination as they get to create a picture of their own in their mind’s eye.
- Try reading a story almost to the end and allow your child to give their own ending. Each time you read the same story it can end differently. This will help develop creativity and imagination.
Reading books aloud to children stimulates their education and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhyme and melody of language become part of your child’s life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.
Even after your child has learnt to read by themselves it is still important to read aloud together. Reading stories that are on their interest level but beyond their reading level will enable you to stretch young readers understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.
Today at Assumption Convent the Grade five girls came to spend some time at the Baby Steps to Assumption pre-school and treated the little ones by reading aloud to them. So much fun was had by all!
Readers are leaders!
Baby Steps Early Learning Centre