Reading is not an Art that comes naturally. Everyone who can read learned how to and every child must intentionally be taught to do so otherwise they will experience great difficulty in this important area of general education. Introducing children to books and teaching them how to read very early is a very vital step in their development. It is a process rife with complexities and each stage is more advanced than the other.
Very often, identifying alphabets and words are a great challenge during those early learning stages and the children can easily get bored and distracted in the process. There are, however, several ways to make the learning experience a fun productive one for young children. Some of these methods are physical and very practical while others are more about creating impressions that influence the children to want to read.
Start with heavily illustrated books
One way children learn how to read is by associating words with pictures. Books that are rich in colourful and artistic content fascinate children and stimulate their minds. They draw parallels between the images they are looking at and the words that are meant to describe them. Storybooks, picture books and nursery rhymes are only a few of the types of children’s books that have such content. For those on a tight budget, cheap books are not so hard to find. They can be purchased at any children’s bookstore and don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. TheWorks is a bookstore that offers a wide range of children’s books at very affordable prices.
Be a role model
Children also learn by imitation. A child is more likely to want to read if he observes the adults and authority figures in his life also reading. This is most effective if the person is someone the child loves admires and is attached to. It also helps the child to understand that reading is something everyone including grown-ups has to do, every day. Consistent exposure to adults reading conditions a child to consider it important and take his lessons seriously.
Play word games and make it fun
Although a serious affair, learning to read should be made as much fun as possible. Playing word and alphabet games is a perfect way to engage the child in an activity that is educational and fun at the same time. It helps the child to learn how to concentrate, focus, recognize and identify words and alphabets very easily. A reward system can be built around these games to make it more fun. It fosters seriousness and competition. The children can get a prize for effort but a grand prize only if they get it right. This encourages them to work harder and makes the learning process and experience so much more satisfying.
There are so many ways children can be taught how to read. The advent of technology has made the process so much easier. Materials and resources via this medium are very easily accessible at the simple touch of a button and books are available in their millions to help the process along. Whichever route is chosen, the learning process should be as fun and educative as possible.