Do you know how to read to children? Have you taken the time to learn to read in such a manner that kids will just soak up the words? Teaching kids to read and achieve pre-literacy requires daily parental involvement. Learn how to make the time count.
Commit to Reading, Games and Story Telling
When you learn to read to kids, you will be surprised to find out just how much time a 10-page book takes to get through. The Children’s Reading Foundation explains that teaching reading requires a daily commitment of 20 minutes – at least. For pre-literacy to develop, the organization estimates that there have to be “hundreds of hours” of this type of engaged one on one reading.
How to Read to Children: Consistently, with Expression and Without Rushing
The three key elements for reading involve a consistent commitment that is not dictated by the clock. Most commonly the reading time takes place at bed time. Children who may be a bit slower to get ready frequently lose out on reading time — as do children who ask a lot of questions and may want to discuss or act out parts of the story. Consider making bedtime a secondary reading time, while a primary sit-down or “lap time” takes place earlier in the day when there is no clock or bedtime browbeating child and parent.
Learn to Read with Enthusiasm
Adults may have a difficult time mustering the same enthusiasm after reading a story for 100th time. That being said, learn to read each story as though it is new to you. Force yourself to be enthusiastic, happy and visibly joyful at the prospect of reading the story to the child.
Do not roll your eyes, make the child feel like you are about to embark on a distasteful task that is best rushed through and do not make the kid feel like he is bothering you. When a child finds a favorite book to read, he will insist on having it read time and again.
Reading: Games with Voice and Meaning
What would happen if Thomas the Train spoke in a Cockney accent? Maybe he suddenly turns into an imitation of Speedy Gonzales? Why not have Thomas whisper everything one day but sing it out loud the next? Reading games such as these mix it up, greatly cement the bond between child and parent, keep the subject matter fresh and make the youngster feel like mom or dad is really engaged in whatever interests her/him at the time. Don’t be surprised if you get special requests!
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