Take a tip from the pros: Kerryl Howarth, Deputy Head of Elementary at Australian International School, shares.
The two most essential activities you can do is to read and talk to your child everyday so he or she understands the rhyme, rhythm and sounds in spoken words, and uses correct sentence structure and word order. Engage him or her in daily conversations, teach simple nursery rhymes, play language games like “I Spy with My Little Eye” using letter sounds and read to your child from a variety of books.
First, remember that each child learns to read according to his or her level of readiness. Continue to read to your child daily and spend time listening to him or her read in a quiet space without distractions.
Praise his or her efforts and keep up the encouragements when it is hard. Also, try the “Pause, Prompt, Praise” strategy when he or she gets stuck on a word: Pause to give your child time to think, prompt with a clue to help him or her work out the word and then praise your child’s attempt and name the word if he or she was unsuccessful.
Build a love for this habit by reading daily from quality children’s literature (e.g., age-appropriate, well-written) – your child is never too old to listen to you read.
Of course, the material given must be engaging, relevant and purposeful. Take your child to the library or bookstore to help him or her identify the topics and authors of interest and set up a cosy reading space at home.
From The Finder (Issue 286), October 2017
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