Fun ways to read with your child

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Make reading together with your child a special time. You influence your child in a big way during reading activity. Parents should read with their children as the bond between parent and child allows a child to have a positive attitude towards reading. These suggestions could be your answer to a fun learning experience.

1.  Learning through the story

  • If your child is caught with an unfamiliar word, get your child to name words or ideas in the plot of the story that make sense to her.
  • Tell your child that the pictures, titles and illustrations help us to guess the meaning of new words.

2. Role modelling. Show your child that you do read and share a book you like with your child.

3. “Five-finger rule”.  Get your child to turn to any page in the book and read it. The book is too challenging for your child if she gets to holding up five fingers before reading the end of that page. The book is too easy if your child doesn’t hold up any fingers at all. The book is of appropriate level for your child to grow if she holds up two or three fingers.

4. Set the right environment. A quiet cosy corner encourages reading and allows you to listen to your child read.

5. Read aloud to your child. Continue to read to your child aloud even if she is able to read on her own. This allows your child to appreciate books above her independent reading level and the exposure to new words helps to build her vocabulary. , By reading aloud, you can also model fluent reading and reading expressions.

6. Expose children to new books. There is sure to have one popular book amongst children every year. However, there are many more books that match your child’s interests and imagination.

7. Set a specific time. This is a special time to get together which helps your child to get interested in books. It can be a nightly 10-minute read or half an hour every weekend morning.

8. Provide encouragement and assistance. While you may want to challenge your child to new words, be ready to explain to your child before frustration arises. Read a story aloud yourself after your child has read it. This allows your child to enjoy the story without interruption.

9. Sound a new word . Encourage your child to sound a new word. Get your child to look at the letters in the word and sound them. Next, blend the sounds to pronounce the word. For irregular words, explain that it can be difficult to sound as words like honour or aisle  do not follow a regular sound patterns. Suffices, prefixes and root words help your child to learn new words easily if she knows what they mean.