Pre School Anxiety –how to deal with the demon?

How can we encourage children to develop good reading habits? A question every parent has but doesn’t know a sure shot answer to Children of any age can appreciate works of fiction, fairytales, super beings and even if they aren’t ready to recognize the written word, they may still be able pick up a new word and enhance their vocabulary as they listen to books that are read to them. There are a numerous play ways that parents and teachers can help nurture children’s love of learning.

Make reading enjoyable - don’t make it a task There are many books that are tailor-made to appeal to different age groups. Make it interesting-choose pop-up books, or the ones with sound and light and if you are reading to your children you can vary your tone of voice to maintain their interest. Setting up a reading tent or corner in your child’s bedroom may also encourage them to read more frequently.

Use interactive books - no one wants to read reams of text There is a variety of Interactive books available in the market these days. Ones with pop ups, cut outs, lights sound and what not…each trying to bring stories to life. These attract every childs interest and helps them be a reader

Let them read a variety of books Reading doesn’t have to be limited to traditional stories; these may be on-fiction books, including encyclopedias, children’s comic books or perhaps newspapers targeted at children. Fairytales and Comic books are believed to kindle their interest in reading.

Read with them - Children usually ape the parents -reading books together as part of a child’s night-time routine will ensure that children associate reading with relaxation and is a great way to bond. Encourage children can also point out any words they are familiar with and read them out.

For the younger ones who have not yet begun reading, asking questions about the story such as ‘What do you think is going to happen next?’ will help them familiarize themselves with story structures.

Create drama and ambeince - In case your child is a reluctant reader then encouraging them to play a character from a fictional tale, complete with dialogue, may help to motivate them to read a text.

Let them read a variety of books Reading doesn’t have to be limited to traditional stories; these may be on-fiction books, including encyclopedias, children’s comic books or perhaps newspapers targeted at children. Fairytales and Comic books are believed to kindle their interest in reading.

Let them visit the local library - Local libraries are a treasure trove for young children, and they regularly host story-time sessions and summer reading contests. Being surrounded by other children who love reading may be just the thing to cement your child’s enjoyment of reading.

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