Because when your baby is born, that's when the real adventure begins. Both of my children are fantastic readers and read 4 or 5 grade levels above their ages, but it wasn't a straight line to the top.
Here are my top ten tips for making sure your child does will in school and becomes a great reader.
- Make sure they always have proper nutrition, sleep, and play time.
- Read to them often (daily or multiple times daily) and interact with them regularly (as babies, toddlers, and kids!)
- Be involved with their school, their hobbies, and their homework.
- Be flexible -when one method of teaching isn't working, try something new. There is more than one way to learn something and we each have strengths/weaknesses.
- Make learning fun - use games, puzzles, videos, and rewards to keep it fun.
- Teach them the rules for reading and math early in the preschool years and repeat them often as they start to use the rules.
- Encourage them to read on their own and to explore books that interest them.
- Make sure they understand that it's cool (and important!) to be smart.
- Teach them to be responsible for their own success.
- Keep reading to them - even after they know how to read on their own. They will enjoy this and associate reading with togetherness and fun.
|We used this phonics board for games and letter/sound recognition. They could tack up each object to it's matching sound or use the pictures to help jog their memories. These are especially useful tools for visual learners.|
|Each baggie contains objects for a letter or combination "sound" - including sounds like "CH", "OW," "OY," and "TH"|
|A few of the "R" contents - rim, ram, ring, robot, rose, rock, raisin bran....|
These items not only help them learn the phonics sounds, but they help build vocabulary and provide hands-on fun that children enjoy.
When it comes to actually reading, I highly recommend the Dick and Jane series of books for learning sight words and books that emphasize phonics arrangements for actual reading. Look for books that teach reading like this:
It's never too early to start training. Just remember to keep it fun. They have years of learning ahead of them and we want them to keep enjoying the process.
As a member of Clever Girls Collective, I was selected to participate in the Healthy Habits program sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #healthyhabits #cgc