Apart from potty training, teaching your child to read from as early as 2 years old can greatly benefit your little one.
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Research shows that introducing your child to literacy allows a child to quickly acquire language skills.
Between the walking and the talking, parents need to introduce their children to the art of reading at an early in life.
At an early age, children learn things faster and their developing brains retain much more information quicker. Storytelling and reading children’s books such as fairytales, educational books and nursery rhymes are some of the ways you can start your child‘s introduction to reading.
Little ones are entertained when you read to them and imitate all the noises and sounds of a certain book. In older children, reading transports them to other worlds and this develops their imagination – imagination leads to creativity.
Literacy is one of the most important things people from all ages need to learn, because to read is to understand. Reading is vital in all aspects of our lives.
Starting the process
In order to successfully teach your child how to read, you need to do the following:
- When they are young, you can not expect them to get it immediately. Your child may not understand your objectives, that is why you should keep it light and fun.
- Make it a tradition/routine. You want your child to develop an interest in reading as they grow up, so make it a routine for them to read at times such as bedtime and as they get older, either once a day or encourage them to read one book at least once a week until they decide to read their own selection of books ant time they want.
- Always reward your child’s efforts when it comes to their reading. Keep encouraging them to learn new and difficult words and also to understand what they read.
Children who are referred to as “bookworms“ tend to be introverts (shy and keep to themselves). Your child might have an aversion to reading just to avoid being called a nerd.
You need to shape the idea that having the ability to read well is not something to be ashamed of but rather something to be truly proud of.
As a parent, you need to teach your child life skills that they will use for the rest of their lives and can’t rely on school teachers to teach your child something you could easily do yourself.
Engage your child and actually form a bond with them through something as amazing such as reading.