DealDash Helps: Encourage Your Child’s Reading
A love of reading is a very important skill to foster in a child. How does a child learn to read? The love for stories – the best start.
Your child might start learning how to read way before he learns the letters. The learning of reading begins with the love of stories. This means that your child is going to love the stories you read before he learns how to read them himself. This kind of love and passion for reading is created early in his lifetime.
Start Their Love of Reading Young
It is important to read to our kids way before they begin to listen to us actively. This means reading to them from their infant stage, even though they have no idea what we are saying. Reading something (anything!) to them can develop their attention, creativity, language. As a bonus, the voice of the person that is reading will become a relaxing and a comforting sound.
The child who comes to love stories and books already has a huge advantage, because, from his love, a strong understanding of learning and reading will be born. This understanding of books and reading will put them head and shoulders above their classmates who don’t have the same love of reading.
Why Do Kids Want the Same Story Nightly?
As the babies grow, the routine of your nightly book session changes. You will be interrupted every five seconds by many questions, and your child will develop an obsession with a specific story. This story will be read by you every night before bed, several nights in a row. Yes, it might become annoying and exasperating for an adult, but you have to do it.
Kids like the feeling of power and anticipation they have when they know what is going to come next in the story. While they try to memorize the story, word for word, your child develops his cognitive skills. He will also love the feeling that the world he is living in is the same day-after-day and he knows what to expect. So remember: Don’t skip any pages!
Repetition is Good for Them
Psychologists discovered that those children who ask for the same story, again and again, learn more words and have a better vocabulary than those who want a new story every time. It’s simple to understand why – these stories have new, unknown words, which are assimilated by children and they learn how to use them proficiently. They will be able to give the definition of the word after so many repetitions of the story. This is why repetition is so important to a child’s growing brain.
Yes, new stories are fun and entertaining but keep in mind that if you are going to repeat a story for several nights to your child, he will most likely learn new words that he didn’t know before. Be patient and make your child happy by respecting his wishes for the same story night after night.
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