Share reading with your child
Don’t stop sharing: Do not stop talking about short story books, picture books with your child. You may choose books to read together and to exchange views. Remember, sharing the love of reading will influence them a lot.
Lead the way: Gradually start reading difficult books together. Read a page, and encourage your child to read the next. This way your child can pick up on correct word sounds when you read, and practice enunciating when he/she reads.
Opinions are vital: Talking about the book you just read together, about the characters in the story helps your child to develop opinions. Also, allow your child to voice his/her opinions too. Ask them if they like the book and why.
Connect events: Besides talking about the book, connect the events in the book relating to your child’s own experiences. Like, “Remember when we did this…”. Encourage them to ask questions: “Is that how you do it too?”.
How to develop reading skills
Break the words down: When your child gets stuck with an unfamiliar sounding word, break the word into chunks such as jum-p-ing or sta-tion etc. Help them repeat this.
Similar sounding words: Encourage your child to spot words that look like rhyming words but aren’t: come and home; to and no. Also, emphasise on words which rhyme that look different: hair, there, some, sum. This will encourage correct writing.
Encourage reading out loud: Reading aloud helps your child develop precise pace and volume. Also, this imbibes expressions and encourages them to use different voices and intonation. You may start by getting your child to learn a very short poem by heart.
Reading on their own: Allow you child to read on its own and silently, sometimes. This will encourage effortless, independent reading. Show them how you read your book or paper silently.
Reading abilities need to be developed at a pace comfortable for your child. Not all children are the same in terms of learning and developing abilities. Remember how we break down the complex information we consume everyday at work and at home, the same technique has to be applied with your child. Children have remarkable capacities to learn, sometimes they astonish even you, the parent, by quickly grasping certain concepts. A methodical approach will help your child to get good at reading eventually.