Being a responsible parent, it’s your duty to see to it that your child gets their basics right, right from the beginning. It’s never too early to prepare a child and it would do them good when reading is instigated as early as possible. And for this, it’s important to stay patient and make sure that the learning process is an enjoyable and interesting experience for the child. The child shouldn’t be forced to read, but rather be eager to read.
Here are some tips that will set the mood:
- Create a reading environment:
First of all, make sure that your child is in a good mood. You have to adopt a teaching tone that the child loves. Children are really fond of stories. So, try to create stories of your own so that the child is wholly engaged in the process. As you read through, make sure you point at the words. Even if they don’t seem to understand everything, they will get a feeling that the words being spoken are somehow related to the squiggly lines on the page. In between the story, ask some questions to check if he is grabbing your idea. The questions should be simple and exciting! At our nursery schools in Sharjah and Ajman we make sure to create a reading environment for the kids right from the start.
- Teaching necessary skills:
The child should have a solid understanding of the alphabets to before the reading process is initiated. Start teaching them with the alphabet book. It might be boring for the child, so try to engage them with some games that are linked to the matter being taught. Also, teach the child about the 44 sounds made by the 26 letters of the alphabet. This is also known as phonemic awareness. It is also important to teach the child sight words (common words that the child will see often).
- Practicing reading:
First of all, ensure that there are no distractive sources around you. Turn off the television and set the mobile phones aside before you start. Begin by reading the paragraph or the words aloud. This helps to set the tone. After you finish reading, ask your child to read. When he/ she faces a difficulty in reading, immediately read out the word and move on. When your child goes wrong, remember not to get irritated. Correct and encourage them patiently. When you scold children for their mistakes unnecessarily, they develop fear for reading that is totally undesirable.
Patience is the key to teaching a child to read. Make sure not to put too much pressure on them to read. Most children don’t begin to read until age 5 and 6. So, it’s better to start the teaching process early in a fun-loving way. Teaching to read is like teaching imparting the basics of education. It is rightly said that when the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.
Together, we can make sure that your child gets the best learning experience. Blue Bells is the best British Nursery in Sharjah/ Ajman. Enroll your child with us and be at ease knowing that they are in a well-equipped nursery, under loving hands. For Nursery school admissions, call us at 050 1855126 .