How to make your 5-year Old a champion Reader

I had spent most part of my to-be-mom period thinking how different am I going to parent my child. I always loved kids and wanted to be a special mom for mine. Today, my little kid is five years old and looking back, I have no regrets. It was all happy and gay as I have bought the best food, clothing and other essentials and had showered all the love a mother could offer.

And now, it is time for a transition and I wanted my child to be educated in the best possible manner. For all you moms listening to my story, I am going to tell you the how I actually turned my chappy-chappy 5-year old kid into a champion reader in just months.

This is no magic. With the right practice, you could also do so.

Choosing the right time

First and foremost, it is important for you to choose the right time. A quite time in the morning or a fresh evening hour would probably be the right time. Do not strain your little one. Do not give them the feeling that they are being worked upon. Let your task be more playful. 10 to 15 minutes of reading should be great enough.

Sit with the kid and try to show them how fun reading aloud can be. Just in case your child is reluctant, try doing something else or give it up for the day.

Patience is the key

As the practice goes on, there are few things you can stick to. The first one is to be patient; do not attempt to interrupt your child in case he/she mispronounces a word. Instead, wait for them to stop. Often, interruption or correction could spoil their confidence. There is always enough time for correction.

Encourage the child to break up words and read them. This will not only get them to pronounce long words well, but will also help them in their spellings. The key to encourage your child is to boost them up even for the smallest of success.

Practice reading together

Make them happy by reading sentences along with them. You wouldn’t believe how desperate children are to copy their moms and dads. They will often try to sound like you, pronounce like you and get the words right.  

Understanding your child

This is the most important factor. Often parents make the mistake of comparing one child’s talent with the other. Others simply give their children tough tasks hoping to maximizing the challenge and increasing their ability. Sometimes this will have the opposite effect. As a parent it is very important for you to study your child, understand their talents and weakness and get their acts together.

Slow, little and often is the right way to go 

The speed, the quantity and the frequency of reading depends on your child’s ability and interest level. But often it is better to start off slow, make them read little and make them read often. Improvements could be faster than you think or gradual.

Keep Reminding on those tough words

You would have observed by now that your child finds it difficult to pronounce certain words. You do not have to get them right then and there. Keep reminding those words while at dinner or during their play time. Do this in a playful manner giving them enough time to pick up or pronounce those words.

Pictures speak louder than Text

Children usually remember the funny characters that they see or the pictures in their text books better. Now this could be used as a tool to achieve your goal. Remind them of their favorite character or picture when you teach them these words. Often the very image of these pictures or characters will help them remember the words.

A man’s childhood always plays a big role in his adulthood too and the well-being of his childhood is directly proportional to his parent.

I was one of those lucky mothers who understood this simple logic very early. Today it is my pleasure to share these lessons to young mothers out there. All the best!

 

Sandy Coops

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