Hello moms, today we’ll talk about Reading To Your Children. Before a child learns to see, he or she must first learn the spoken language, and this really is among the first instances where family unit members such as dad, mom, older siblings, and grandparents play a significant role in “teaching” the kid the spoken English language. Whether young kids realize it or not, they gain very early contact with the alphabet when parents sing the alphabet song to them. They start to develop language skills by being read to and spoken to. Among the keys to teaching children reading in the beginning is by exposing them to alphabet letters, books, and reading to them often.
Reading nursery rhymes and children’s books are a significant part of having children to understand printed text. Talk to your children, and talk in their mind often, whether they understand or not isn’t important when they’re just babies. The more you talk and connect to your little ones, the greater they will develop. The key is exposure, and repeated exposure. Once your son or daughter learns to speak, you are able to begin teaching them reading at home.
I often hear parents claim that they do not wish to “push” their child too hard. Just how can teaching your son or daughter to see at a early age be considered “pushing” them too much? If you as a parent have the mentality that reading is a chore, and teaching them to read is pushing “too hard”, you certainly can’t expect your kids to be excited about learning reading. On the contrary, learning to read offers a young child an opportunity for an eternity to learn, discover, and take pleasure in the wonders of reading. Parents (including myself) will often underestimate the abilities and learning capabilities of young children. Once we first began our teaching reading program with our first child when she was 2 years and 8 months, little did we expect that in just a few short weeks, she would be reading not just words, but sentences and story books. After about 3 months, by the full time she was 2 years 11 months old, our daughter could read “Part of to Reading – step 2 (pre-school to grade 1 level)” books with some guidance. The advantages of learning to read were apparent – improved speech clarity, and better reading ability and reading comprehension.
You can find no shortage of studies which find many benefits in teaching children reading at an early on age. For example, one study administered a Stanford achievement test at the start of kindergarten and then again by the end of grade one unearthed that early language based skills were highly associated with later academic performance in school aged children.  Similar studies also found that a higher level of letter knowledge in kindergarten can reliably predict better later literacy skills. Having a home environment that’s conducive to literacy growth is important in a child’s development, and directly affects a child’s language and literacy development. Studies are finding that responsiveness and support of the house environment may be the strongest predictor of children’s language and early literacy skills.  My point here is make parents aware that children who enter kindergarten with highly developed early reading skills will achieve greater success with systematic reading education. 
It’s never too late to begin home lessons and programs to teach your kids to read. Regardless of how old your child is, starting a reading program at a young age could have ample benefits. Begin with a lot of talking, singing, and reading to your youngster from birth, and once your child is able to speak, you can begin an easy reading program.
Begin with teaching your son or daughter some basic letters and their sounds, and even while soon your child learn just a few letters and their sounds, you can begin teaching them simple blends using the letter knowledge that they have acquired. Work on ear training with your child on oral blending and word segmentation. One of many keys to teaching children read is developing phonemic awareness. Studies show that phonemic awareness is one of the greatest predictors of reading success in children. Thanks for reading this article about Reading To Your Children and see you next time.
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