9 Must-Read Tips for Parents of Preschoolers

11/12/2017

Reading is essential for all children. It helps them expand their knowledge about the world and everything around them. It helps them identify individual sounds (phonemic awareness). It increases their vocabulary and reading comprehension. It helps them become fluent in oral reading.

With your proper assistance, your child will learn to read at an early age while loving doing it.

Make A Routine Of Reading Together

Don’t make the reading just a punishment or a reward for your child. Read together with him/her every day. It is a great bonding between you and your child because you can cuddle together. It is also a great way to become closer to him/her. Tell him/her that you really love and enjoy reading together so that he/she may enjoy it too.

The great time to do this activity is before sleeping. But you can opt for another time that you both desire. For example, you can do it after breakfast, after preschool, or before dinner.

Choose Illustrative Books

Adults and children are different. Adults tend to pick books with lots of text and fewer pictures. They tend to choose smaller fonts too and plain text. But children love books that are attractive – full of vibrant colors, having beautiful illustrations, and bigger fonts.

So choose books that are engaging to your child. In addition, find books that are related to his/her interests. When you go to a bookstore or library, let your child pick the books that he/she likes. In that way, you can read the books again and again. If in case he/she doesn’t know what she likes, help him/her in identifying his/her interests.

Be A Good Role Model

Your child role model is you. According to psychological research, children often mimic the behavior of their parents. If they see their parents do positive behaviors, there’s a high chance that they may repeat it. Their environment indeed gives a great impact on them.

So, saying to your child that reading is essential is not enough. You should let your child see that you are reading aside from your daily routine of reading together. When you read a mail, notes, magazines or catalogs, read it with him/her. In that way, he/she will know that you value and cherish reading.

Make Reading Fun And Enjoyable

Don’t just plainly read a book. If you just read it only, your child might get bored easily and he/she might not be able to enjoy it. Read it in such a way that it may seem fun. Read it with emotion and expression. Perhaps one of the characters is an old struggling woman, make your voice like an old woman and sounds struggling. If there are animals in the story, imitate their sound and noises.

Discover what way your child wants that get him/her exciting over your reading routine. Think and try some other technique that will truly get his/her attention.

Praise Your Child

Appreciate your child’s effort of being cooperative with you during your reading time by praising him/her. It is a good way to make him/her more motivated. Be specific when you praise him/her. For example, when you ask him/her a question based on what you have read and he/she answered it correctly, tell her: “You answered it well sweetie” or “Wow, you answered it correctly!”

In addition to this, don’t scold your child if he/she doesn’t do well. Don’t force him/her to do things that he can’t do. Teach your child little by little.

Use Finger Puppets

To make the reading more engaging to him/her, you may use finger puppets for the characters. It will also make him/her understand the story more. To make a finger puppet, get some gloves. You can use old or already used gloves. Cut the gloves’ fingers. Then draw the story’s characters by using fabric markers.

If you are not into drawing, you may get a color copy of the book then cut the characters. By doing it, you will just adhere it into the gloves. You may also buy a set of finger puppets for a low cost.

Have Interaction With Your Child While Reading

Don’t just read the book. Being interactive will increase your child’s amusement and appreciation. Read the story aloud then tell him/her the problem in the story. Then insert some remarks or your observation from the story. Explain some words there so that his/her vocabulary expands. Furthermore, ask a few questions and ask why.

According to a research, read-aloud that involves children in asking questions and answering them is the most effective rather than just making them listen.

Know The Difficulty Of Your Child

If you happen to see any difficulty your child has, never hesitate to consult it with his/her teacher or pediatrician. Example of difficulties are struggling with the language, problems with reading, cannot grasp or understand the concepts easily, and problems of the hearing or sight.

It is important to know the problem with your child than figuring it out later. You may not know if it is normal or not unless you consulted it.

Limit The Viewing Time Of Television

Nowadays, children are drawn to technology. Some of them preferred watching television than looking at a storybook. According to a study, children ages three and up who are watching television will negatively affect their cognitive functions, social competence, behavior, emotion, and physical health.

High-paced cartoons can affect the performance of children on tasks that are associated with executive functions. Spending hours of watching television may make them have a more aggressive manner. Also, watching it longer may make them obese later.

Therefore, limit the time your child viewing TV. And always examine what he/she is watching. Never let him/her watch shows that portray violence, crimes, injustice, immoral, etc.

To sum it all, guide your child as long as you can. Let him/her realize how important reading is. As reading can greatly affect your child and his/her skills. Making your preschool child go to a school is not enough as learning really starts from home.

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