Helping your Child like reading since early age

Reading is one of the most important components of your child development of language learning and education. Even though experts might have different opinions about when reading should be introduced, children usually don’t start reading before the age of 5 or 6, and for good reason. Researchers believe that until that age, most children have not yet formed certain neural connections that allow them to decode printed letters and then mentally combine them to make words. A few children are able to read earlier, but most of them just pick it up; they don’t learn through direct instruction.

Your child’s ability to read easily and understand what he is reading may affect his success at school. Reading is not simply a subject which stands alone, rather it is the core mechanism for learning other subjects such as social studies, history, economics, science and even math. As a parent, you will want your child to succeed in school at all levels of his education. Help him gain a more solid reading foundation by working with him to improve his reading speed and comprehension.

In an early childhood context, psychologists suggested that one of the approaches to introduce reading in the early age is through indirect instruction. You may start getting your toddler to get exposure to the books which contain letters and colorful pictures they might be interested and excited to see. In this early age, parent’s job is to show him that books are important — and fun! The best way to accomplish this is by reading to him. As early as 6 months, babies enjoy looking at simple board books with pictures and labels. Between the ages of 1 and 2, repetitive and rhyming books are most likely to capture your child’s interest, and between 2 and 3, he’ll begin to enjoy books with more text and simple story lines. You can also find the books that contain fruit or animals where there are texts on it. You will start introducing one or two letters by pointing to the particular letters that you sound.

(References: Gathered from various resources)

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