It is almost impossible to overstate the benefits of reading. Whether it is increasing your pre-schooler’s knowledge, creativity, imagination, vocabulary or language structure, reading brings it all together.
Raising a reader is not only rewarding but can be a whole lot of fun for both you and your child. Some simple inclusions in your everyday routine can go a long way in helping your pre-schooler foster a love for reading.
Make time to read aloud to your child every day: Bedtime reading routines are perfect for a warm, cosy bonding time with your young one. It can therapeutic as you unwind together in a calm ambience as you prepare to go to bed. This does not mean that reading during the day is any less important. Reading a book to your child just about any time, offers an ideal opportunity sit close and enjoy the quiet moment together as you enrich and expand each other’s knowledge and imagination.
Choose books carefully: Respect your child’s tastes and introduce books that resonate with the child’s interest. It could be just about anything, ranging from trucks, fairies, animals or cars. At the same time, gradually steer your child towards diverse kind of books allowing him/her to experience a balanced menu of characters and genres. Encourage your child to express what she/he likes about the books that you have read together.
Ask, interact and engage as you read along. When reading a book to your pre-schooler, focus on enjoying the process. Make it a mutually satisfying experience and a time of pleasant relaxation. Engage the child by pointing at the pictures and invite him/her to explain or narrate what is illustrated. Allow the child to turn the pages and set the pace for your reading. Ask questions that help the child to make connections between his/her world and the book. Interruptions often show that the child is involved and actively participating in the reading.
It’s great if you can help support your child while he /she learns to read, but your most important job is more profound: to foster a love of reading. Building a positive association with reading sets the foundation for a lifetime of learning and an innate love for the world of books.