Hi moms, today we will talk about Benefits Of Reading To Children. Most parents, at one point or another, frets over the education and the development of their children. Many concerned parents research and seek information on the topic of teaching children to read and write. I for one, am glad to see so many parents wanting to have an early start for their children in reading and writing, because studies show that developing these abilities early on before entering school provides numerous benefits and advantages later on as the child progresses through school.
More worrisome must certanly be the fact over one third, 38% to be exact, of all grade 4 students cannot even achieve a simple amount of reading ability based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This really is an alarming statistic. Will your child become among the 38% who cannot reach basic reading achievement by grade 4? For many children, this poor ability to read could be easily prevented with early phonemic awareness teaching.
Reading must begin early in the life of a kid, whether it’s just an alphabet letter, a word, a sentence, a section, or a story. Teaching children how to learn must begin early on, and children should be exposed to books, stories, rhymes, and be read to on a daily basis. Children as young as 2 years of age can learn to read if you guide them to read with the correct instructions. Please watch the video below of a 2 year 11 months old reading randomly constructed sentences.
As Lida Williams said, almost 100 years back:
Phonics is not a method of teaching reading, but it is an essential part of each and every good, modern method. It is the main element to word mastery, and word mastery is one of the first essentials in learning how to read. A familiarity with the sounds of letters, and of the effect of the positioning of the letter upon its sound, is an important way of mastering the mechanics of reading, and of enabling children to become independent readers.
100 years later, this still holds true. There has been a great debate on which way of teaching is most beneficial to teach children how to read: whether phonics or the whole language method is better. The complete language learning how to read method is more of a “word memorization” plan, where a child is supposed to memorize the “shape” of the word, and say it.
It is very important to tell apart the difference between phonological awareness and phonemic awareness.Phonological awareness is quite broad, and includes phonemic awareness as a sub category. Phonemic awareness is very narrow, and it is only dedicated to the phonemes, which are the individual sounds of letters. You will find no shortage of studies which may have repeatedly found and figured teaching phonemic awareness to young children produces exceptional reading and spelling abilities. You are able to read more about research on phonemic awareness here.
The entire language method simply expects a young child to “read” when presented reading material, and by memorizing sight words. The phonics method is a bottom up approach where you teach children to see in a logical and sequential order. You first teach children the alphabet letters and the sounds they represent; you then teach children to mix (or blend) various letter sounds together to form words; that is then followed by reading sentences and simple stories. This can be a logical progression for kids learning how to read, where they develop accuracy in decoding words and pronouncing words. This approach of teaching also helps the child to spell correctly.
There’s no doubt that phonics and phonemic awareness instruction is the superior method to show children just how to read. We have successfully used phonemic awareness instructions to show our youngsters at age 2 to read words, sentences, paragraphs, and simple story books. Thanks for reading this article about Benefits Of Reading To Children and see you next time. If you would like to understand our simple, step-by-step method to teach your kids to see and write, please click below: