Reading is one of the most important skills for your child to acquire. It is the key to almost everything done here at school. As parents we can follow suggestions at home to raise a child who loves reading.
- Read together everyday spending time talking about your day, stories, pictures, and words.
- Share conversations every time you are together. Introduce new and interesting words at every opportunity.
- Practice the alphabet by pointing out letters wherever you see them and by reading alphabet books.
- Let your child see you as a parent reading and writing as often as possible.
- Use blocks, whiteboards, plastic letters, or magnetic letters to help your child touch and see letters as he learns them.
- Buy books instead of toys to your child.
Children can learn many things from books about size, colors, shapes, about what things look like and about people and their lives. If you don´t enjoy reading, you need to show your child that reading is important. You can have books around the house and you can tell your children that you wish you had the chance to learn to like reading. When we read aloud to them they can hear correct pronunciation as they see the words on the story, even if they can't yet read the words on their own. Children who enjoy reading are likely to become confident and independent learners.
As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them with a solid foundation for academic excellence.