Isn’t it exciting to see and hear your child starting to enunciate phonics and then actually read words, phrases, and then sentences? In our preschool daycare in Van Buren, Arkansas, we know just how exciting this is. Getting your child to read is one of the things that we’re very excited to help them with. Our teachers are ready with our creative programs to assist them in this matter.
However, here’s something you might have missed out. You can supplement reading lessons at home! That’s right, moms and dads! We can work together in enhancing your child’s reading skills by getting them started at home the earlier the better.
How will this happen? Here are our tips:
- Read TO Your Child
Some children can already start reading by 3 years, but these are the exception. So don’t be pressured when your child isn’t reading yet. However, reading to your child can help them to familiarize with words; how a letter sounds and how each letter looks. The cherry on the top is that you get to have a quality bonding moment with your child every time you read to them.
- Talk WITH Your Child
A very important practice we do in our childcare center in Greenwood, Arkansas is to ask the preschoolers a question. To help your child to read, ask them questions about the things they see around at home or wherever you are at the moment. Start with questions that are answerable by YES or NO. For instance, you can ask them whether they have seen the dog or not. This practice also develops their language and communication skills.
- Read at Home
As what they say, nothing beats a parent’s example. You may get your child to read early on but if you don’t model this practice at home, that is, if they won’t see you reading at home, then this interest will just fade. When you read, especially when they are around, your child will begin to see that reading is indeed an interesting activity to do.
- Spot Letters Anywhere
Get your child to identify letters wherever you go. Even when your child is not yet enrolled in a day care center in Arkansas, you can start with letter identification at home. For instance, when you open their box of cereals, you can point to each letter of the cereal’s name and say it loud one by one. They begin learning about letters without even realizing it.
It’s important to note however that a child’s reading skills mostly become very comprehensible and solid at around six years of age. However, the above-mentioned tips serve as your guidelines on influencing your child to read and helping them to prepare how to read.
If you have other inquiries about our programs and activities at Little Blessings Preschool and Childcare Center, you’re free to submit these to us.
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