Reading is much more than being able to decode words. Reading is above all understanding the meaning of a text in order to then be able to analyze it.
But learning to read is not always easy. We therefore share with you some tips to facilitate this learning.
Cultivate the pleasure of reading
Introduce your child to books from the age of 1, which will help them acquire vocabulary. Get into the habit of reading a story to her every night. Ask him questions at the end. Who is his favorite character? Does he remind her of anyone? How would he have reacted in his place? Thus, he will develop a positive attitude towards reading.
Reading leaves him indifferent? Give him books on subjects he likes. You'll be more likely to pique their interest.
Talk to your child and get them talking
The richer your child's vocabulary, the easier he will learn to read. So, make him talk as much as possible:
- Ask him to tell you what he did during the day;
- Ask him questions so he understands that you are interested in what he thinks;
- Encourage him to tell you about thisthat he thinks or feels;
- Be patient; give him time to find his words;
- Sing songs.
Lead by example
- Take the time to show your child that reading is part of your daily life:
- Read recipes aloud when cooking;
- Leave your books, newspapers and magazines in full view;
- Take family outings to the library, bookstore or book fair;
- When you go out, read labels on food packaging, car brands, signs in stores, restaurant menus, road signs, etc.
Give him time to learn
Learning to read is not done by snapping your fingers. Children learn to read with time, practice, and help from their parents and teachers.
It is essential that your child knows that you trust him. Encourage him or highlight his successes. “Bravo my dear! You now differentiate between b and d. “Ye! You read your text without my help. Keep it up, dear. »
Offer pleasant activities. For example:
- Read one line, then have your child read the next. He will love;
- Have him write an email to Grandma; he will look forward to reading his answer;
- Introduce him to online games that will allow him to associate sounds with letters.
Reactquickly in case of difficulty
Screening for reading difficulties must be done before the end of the first year, particularly to prevent the young person from falling significantly behind. In addition, children who experience difficulties for a long time may become discouraged and lose the desire to learn. Avoid at all costs!
Discuss the situation and your fears with your child's teacher. You can therefore establish an action plan together. If necessary, have it assessed by a professional or hire a tutor.
In closing, as a parent, your involvement in your child's learning to read is essential. Your support is decisive in the perception he will have of reading and, by extension, in his academic success.
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