Our previous blog post was dedicated to the advantages of reading aloud for little kids. We’ve done a thorough research into the topic and found a lot of useful things to share with you. There are some great tips that you, as the one who reads aloud, will definitely benefit from.
We’ve decided to split all tips into several parts in order not to overwhelm you with the information. So here comes the first part… Enjoy!
- Start reading to your child as early as possible. Some children’s psychologists claim you need to start reading aloud to your kids as soon as they are born!
- Begin with rhymes and songs. Kids loves those, they start dancing to music even before they start talking, no wonder they’d learn a song first and a poem later. Rhymes are important as kids hear the vowels consonants make in a word. Rhyming words will also help them to distinguish different letters when they start learning the alphabet.
- For infants through toddlers it’s important to accompany reading with illustrations. This way they will understand what the story is about. If they don’t – then reading aloud has failed.
- It’s important for very little readers to hear the same words repeated before they finally learn them. Read them stories that repeat the words you want them to know. When you read a familiar book, stop at the word you kid knows and let her say it.
- Make reading a routine – allocate time to reading and read regularly. All educators advise to read every day, some of them suggest even reading 2-3 stories a day. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
- Start with picture books, with only a few sentences on the page, and then gradually move to books with more and more text.
- Choose various books, characters, design and plot – see what appeals to your kids most.
Come back on Friday for more tips!