Opening Doors by Turning Pages

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Opening Doors by Turning Pages

There is nothing quite as exciting as finding a brand new world in a good book.  As a parent, relative, or teacher, it is natural to want to instill a joy of reading in children.  Whether you’re attempting to motive a child to begin learning how to or trying to keep them motivated, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Keep it Positive:

The books children are given should be intellectually challenging, but not to the point of extreme difficulty.  Let a child test out a book by reading a few pages before fully committing to it.  If the child has trouble pronouncing or understanding a good amount of words, it may be best to select another piece to read.  Be encouraging.  Mention that you are impressed by their ability and determination to read and suggest finding a book they might find more enjoyable.

Add Variety:

Books aren’t the only things kids should be reading.  Keep things interesting by getting children to reads different types of things.  Make lists when you go to the store and ask your child to it read back to you.  This will make a child feel helpful and it will enhance his or her reading skills through practice.  When you need to buy a greeting card, take your child with you.  You can read the different sayings together and decide which ones are the best birthday or holiday cards.

Make ‘Em Laugh:

Make learning to read entertaining.  Clip your child’s favorite comic strips out of the newspaper, put them up on the fridge or pin them to a corkboard, and let your child reread them as much as he or she likes.  Repetition is practice.  Before you know it, your child will be looking forward to reading the newspaper with you every weekend and picking out new comics to pin up.

Learning Opportunities Are Everywhere:

Almost anything can be turned into an educational experience for a young child.  Ask them to read the label of their favorite ice cream when they’ve earned a special treat, hold your own spelling bees or create your own word games at home, even consider labeling items in your house.  Constantly seeing the labels on the things your child encounters everyday will have him or her practicing reading skills without even knowing it!

Reading comprehension is an invaluable skill.  It is never too early to introduce a child to the joys of reading, the exhilarating stories, and the confidence that comes with gaining the ability to read.

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Patrick Capriola is a professional educator in Jacksonville, FL with over a decade of experience improving educational outcomes. He has served as a teacher, school administrator, and teacher trainer.