Reading to a child is an opportunity to share a pleasant moment with him while promoting the development of his language and the acquisition of skills that he will need later to learn to read. Indeed, when reading a story, the toddler widens his vocabulary and he learns to listen carefully as well as to understand what is read to him.
How to make reading more rewarding for your child?
Here’s what you can do to make the storytime a learning moment too.
- Open a book and read to your child to familiarize them with reading-related gestures, such as holding a book and turning pages.
- Read him often his favorite books so that he learns words. It will also help him to tell the stories by himself later. Praise him when he uses words he has already heard while reading a book.
- Stop reading often and ask your child questions about what you have just read. You can also ask him what he thinks will happen in the rest of the story. You exercise it to better listen and understand what you read him. Little by little, he will begin to become aware of the structure of the stories.
- Familiarize with the principles of reading. For example, follow the words on the page as you read. Thus, your child learns that we read from left to right. He may also notice that words are separated by an empty space, that they are formed of letters and that they sometimes correspond to images.
Other ways to develop your child’s language and reading skills
There are also other ways to promote your child’s language acquisition, as well as the acquisition of skills that will be used to learn to read and write. For example, you can:
- Show him objects and name them to enrich his vocabulary;
- To sing to him nursery rhymes;
- Have fun making rhymes to help him manipulate the sounds;
- Talk to them about everyday activities as you complete them (eg, “I cut carrots”, “I fold your sweaters”, “I brush your teeth”);
- Teach them how to recognize road signs and shopping logos when walking, busing or driving. Decoding these visual symbols is actually a prefetching activity;
- Have him cut out the images of a flyer to create the grocery list. By associating images with food names, he learns global recognition of words.
These simple activities prepare your child for school. Through them, he develops an interest in learning to read and skills that will help him learn to read more easily.
- Reading a story to your child promotes his interest in reading.
- Your child will learn some reading principles, such as turning pages or reading from left to right, watching you.
- You can stimulate your child’s pre-reading skills with simple gestures, such as promoting the recognition of symbols and logos that you see often.