Daily reading to your child can aid in language acquisition, communication skills, social skills, and literacy development.
Your child will learn to read in school, but they will likely associate reading with “work” as opposed to fun. The greatest approach for parents to instil in their children a love of books and the ability to read aloud is to read to them frequently. And continue to read aloud to them once they have mastered independent reading.
For many children, reading is challenging. Some children struggle to make the association between letters and their sounds. Other children have not yet discovered an engaging story that demonstrates how enjoyable reading can be. However, recognising letters, sounds, and words is essential for lifelong learning for all children.
How to encourage your child to read out aloud
Here are a few tips on how to foster a love of reading aloud in your child:
Reading must be enjoyable, so choose a time of the day when you and your child are relaxed.
Hold your child close while you read, so your child can see your face and the book.
Let your child choose the book, even if it means repeatedly reading the same one over and over again. Repetition helps children memorise the text so they can eventually read with confidence.
Ask your child about the illustrations or what they believe will happen next.
Include fairy tales, poetry, and nursery rhymes among the literature you read to your child.
Dual-language books are a great resource; many children’s books are published in two languages. If you speak a language other than English at home, reading dual-language books with your child might also help you become more familiar with English.
Don’t dismiss comic books. Because stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end, a comic book can help children comprehend the sequential nature of events.
For older children, take turns reading the words on the pages.
Create reading and writing possibilities outside books. Provide your child with several opportunities to read daily. Leave notes on their pillow or in their lunchbox.
When driving in the car, play word games that improve language skills.
Get assistance if you are concerned about your child’s reading ability or motivation. Consult your child’s physician or teacher. They may be able to advise techniques to encourage your child’s interest in reading.