You want the best for your child. That’s a fact and is only natural. You are doing your utmost to give them the best start in life. A good foundation to lay is reading, and you can easily help your toddler become an early reader.
You want to give them a good start either in what you can give them that you didn’t have, or even the type of education they receive. This is true for the start you can give them when it comes to reading.
Why Do You Want to Help Your Toddler Become an Early Reader?
Studies show that children who learn to read at an earlier age have an easier time in school. They are also twice as likely to complete levels of higher education than those who struggle to learn at a later age.
Here are 5 easy ways you can help your child become an early reader. This will give them a head start on school and in their life too.
You basically can’t start too young when trying to raise an early reader. As soon as your child arrives you can start introducing them to reading. You can read to them, and use brightly colored flash cards with the letters of the alphabet on them.
Using one of the many popular phonics learning programs available to teach (verbally) phonics to your infant can help them to better recognize letters and words later on.
Always Carry a Book
A love of reading is contagious. No, it’s true. Make sure you always have a book for your toddler tucked away in your bag. You can then fill some boring minutes by reading to them or letting them look at the book by themselves.
Read to Them
Although you’ve probably heard it a thousand times, it’s important that you understand what an impact reading to your child will have on them becoming an early reader. A child who is read to at least once a day is twice as likely to become an early reader than those who are read to less frequently.
You also need to teach your child how to follow along with the words by placing your finger under each word as you read it. Make sure you take the time to sound out each word as you read, otherwise your child may learn to read by memorization only.
Consistency is important if you want to raise an early reader. Reading to your child once in a while, or sounding out words on an infrequent basis won’t give them the foundation they need to become early readers.
You absolutely must maintain a consistent reading schedule with your children if you want them to learn young.
Make It Fun
Above all else, if you want to raise an early reader, make sure your child has fun. A child who is forced to read, or forced to read things they don’t find interesting will rebel against the learning process. The last thing that you want to do is to force your child to hate reading!
Choose books that are interesting to your child. Let him or her be a part of the choosing process. Make the reading process fun by showing them how much you enjoy it, and remember not to be too demanding that they learn.
Toys, books, doing crafts, can all be used to help your toddler to have more fun so embrace the fact that toys make learning fun for your child.
Overall, raising an early reader isn’t nearly as difficult as many people would have you to believe. Remember that reading is supposed to be an enjoyable process. Make it a special time between you and your child. Then you’ll find that raising your child to be an early reader, is easier than you ever thought possible!