I just thought I would share a link to activities that you can do with your little ones to encourage reading.
And what about making children and even adult really understand what they read ? (as I just wrote an article on Semantics ...)
Hi Bri, I had a look at the link you posted. It's great! My children will enjoy that, one of them is already reading and writing but your post will help as she is learning to do it in 3 languages at the same time!
There are some great ideas on the site, but I think that reading is something that most children will do naturally and they will do it really well provided you give the right environment and lots of encourangement.
As soon as my son was old enough look at books we spent time looking at them together. He enjoyed looking at the pictures, then the books with one word on a page. He started to remember some of the words (even though he couldnt 'read' at the time).
I used to take him for regular visits to the library where we would spend a little time looking at whichever book he picked up and then we went to the cafe for fruitjuice and toast. They were nice little outings.
I didn't realise he could 'read' until I stopped my car near to a sign - my son shouted from the back seat 'look mum, its Coronation Street). It was actually Coronation Road on the sign - but I knew he'd recognised the shape of the word Coronation. I nearly fell off my seat.
The point is that there are different reasons for reading - the big one you have to concentrate on is enjoyment. That is what I tried to get over to my son at a very early age in the hope that he would then be able to read to discover many things for himself. He's now 12 and he loves reading (on and off - depending on the attitude of the day if you know what I mean).
Let children see you reading, share your reading with them. you don't have to spend lots of time and money on it - you dont have to make a big deal out of it. Don't worry about reading to understand - it will come naturally. The vast majority will be reading the things you don't want them to read before you even know it! That's when you should start to worry!
Bri thanks for sharing such helpful link, it is indeed important to develop kids listening ability so that the words they hear from their parents or teacher, kids can understand and repeat it... Also this site http://www.mingoville.com has a lot of activities that relate to your link, you can explore that site and hopefully it can help...
In my opinion it is more important to watch the actions and to listen the words rather than reading a text.In early age children develope their sensory mortars. They follow anything and everything. It is important to show them right kind of things to follow. What they learn now will be an asset for them life long.
Young children should read a little bit I think, but no more then 20 mins a time and not more then an hour a day.
Reading habits should be introduced only after the age of 5, not before that. Child psychologists suggest.
I am all for teaching your child to read when they show that they are ready to do so. The danger is that many parents don't know how to do it properly and teach incorrect or unhelpful strategies that become bad habits and hinder progress.
I produced a book called Teach Your Toddler to Read! but it's currently out of print. Must get round to ordering more in or making it into an ebook I think!
The Spalding Phonics reading system is good. Children can learn to read very young first memorizing phonics, then learning to put the sounds together through visual and auditory memory practice.
I actually showed my youngest son flash (oversized) cards of the beginning phonics as an infant, pronouncing the phonic sound and showing him the card at the same time. It appeared he learned to read before he could talk, because he was reading beginning words by the time he could talk.
I also made it a habit to sit and read simple worded books to him, with simple pictures, so he could get a sense of the habit of reading for enjoyment and learning very young, 3 months and on. attention time varied, but they really do pick up a lot more information from all aspects of life than most people think.
Montessori's idea that children have an "absorbent mind" and are actually at their height of taking in information in the first three years of life was proven to me from my practices with my son.
But I also think children are individuals and need different types of input at different times. They are different according to their forming in the womb and their life and family environment once born.
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