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Reading skill makes children successful not only in school but also their lives. When children learn to read, they have their own key that open the door to the knowledge of the world. Without this key, many children are become ignorant left behind in their lives.

Children come to the world for learning. They start on the road to becoming a reader on the day they are born and hear the sounds of your voice that is important starting point. As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You don’t need to be the best reader to help your child become a good reader, you just have to spend your time, and interest and share your pleasure with your child as part of reading together, and this would make your child an avid reader.

Children become readers gradually by age of 5; most children are ready to read. Keep in mind, however, that all children don’t learn at the same pace. Some take longer than others, and some need extra help. When Children receive the right kind of help in their early years, reading difficulties that can arise later in their lives can be prevented. Once children get the habit of reading we don’t need to push them in their school and college years, they can take care of themselves. And this article gives some information that helps you to make your child to be a successful reader

Age Group
(Birth to 1 Year)
From very beginning, babies try to imitate the sounds that they are hearing from us. They “read” the looks on our faces and our movements. That’s why it is so important to talk, sing, smile, and gesture to your child. Hearing you talk is your baby’s very first step towards becoming a reader, because it helps her/him to love language and to learn words

Talking and keeping the conversations that helps to grow their language skill. For younger babies, we have to choose cardboard books, washable books and cloth books with large, simple pictures with which babies are familiar. Touch-and-feel or peek-through play books are making involve them with books.

Age Group -1-6
Age-1

Talk often with your child. When you are feeding, bathing and dressing him, ask him to name or find different objects or clothing. Point out colors, sizes and shapes.

When you’re reading the story put your child in your lap and show the pictures, Researches said this is the appropriate position for both parent and the child to get involved in the book as well as get an attachment on each other, in a lively way explain what the picture is.

Now you have just helped your child to takes the next step beyond talking.

You’ve show the child how words and pictures are connected. When your child is young, reading aloud to him/her should become part of your routine. Pick a quiet time, such as just before you put him/her to bed. This will give him/her a chance to rest between play and sleep.

Try to spend at least 30 minutes each day reading with your child. At first, read for not more than a few minutes at a time but, several times a day. Make sure that reading stays fun for both of you.

Whatever you and your child do together, talk about it with your child. When you eat meals, when you go shopping, when you go walking, when you travel, talk and ask questions, such as what are you doing outside? What did you play? What else did you like in that play? Challenge your child by asking questions that need more than a “Yes” or “No” answer.

Cardboard books with simple words big reality pictures, Alphabet, fruits, Lift-the-flap, Animal oriented pictures are the ones the children of this age group like.

Age 2
Predictable book-Books with words or actions that appear over and over, helps your child to predict or tell what happens next. These are called “Predictable books”. At this age, children love to figure out the story in a predictable book.

Two year olds prefer books about things they know, do, and enjoy. They respond enthusiastically when thus favorite activities, such as running, eating, and dressing, are mentioned. They like Animals and small children are the favored subjects.

Pick a story book that has repeated phrases.

When reading predictable books, ask your child what he thinks will happen. See if he points out picture clues, if he mentions specific words or phrases, or if he connects the story to something that happens in real life. These are important skills for a beginner to learn.

For this age group books should be quite durable with plenty of large, clearly outlined drawing. Especially the colors of the picture should be realistic. For example, goats should not be colored purple because some children may believe they really are that color.

Age-3
Rhyming activities help your child to pay attention to the sounds in words.You can choose the rhyming words, word games, or songs.

Play rhyming games and sing rhyming songs with your child. Many songs and games include clapping, bouncing and tossing balls, and playing in groups.

When you read the rhyming books you can give chance to the child to participate say “Twinkle Twinkle little ______” , and stop a little, wait and give the chance to your child say “Star”.

Children of this age group prefer stories about familiar subjects and enjoy learning about people outside the home. Such as community helpers, police officers, post man, and garbage collectors. This age group, want to know what these people do and why. Pictures should be realistic, simple, and clear. Books with small sentences will be appropriate.

Age-4
Four year old children are self-interested, They are curious about the world around them. They want to know how and why things work. At this age they like short simple sentence story books that use exaggeration. And you can ask questions about the story and what did the child like most in the story.

Children of this age group are often silly and enjoy pranks in books. Looking at the pictures can help them experience the story. Find Books that contain new words, and explain the why’s and how’s.

At this age they are pretend to read the book, this is good indication that they will become a good reader.

Age 5
In this age they can retell the story, so you can read a short story books and ask them to retell the story, it increase their concentration powering listening. They mostly like stories that give them added knowledge. They will frequently memorize favorite stories word to word. They prefer stories that take them beyond here and now. These children want new information and relationships along with familiar facts.

You can choose the books with small size pictures and with 3 or 4 lines of words in a page. Read the story and ask them to retell the story, or encourage them to make their own story.

Moreover children of this age will clearly tell you their likes and dislikes. Some of them start reading on their own.

Parents Are the First Best Reading Coach
Reading for your child is like“the more you practice the more you get. You can help your child become a good successful reader by reading aloud to them on a regular basis. Reading aloud is a wonderful way to spend enjoyable time with your child. It helps build their vocabulary, stretches their imagination and helps them to acquire the reading habit which leads them to a fantastic life in future.

Parents are the role models for their children. So read books, magazines and newspapers every day.
Set a special time everyday to read a book. Make sure that time is enjoyable for both the parent and the child. Have your child to read aloud to you, Take books wherever you go, in the car, train, and bus. And encourage them to read signs on the road, boards, banners and etc.

Set the reading goal with your child, encourage and reward them when they reach that goal. Create a family library; collect the books and magazines that relate to your family interests and hobbies.

If parent do all these and creates the environments that invite the children to get interested in reading, it will make your child become a good reader in future, This helps children to read their own school and college subjects without any enforcement from parents.
As a parent we, can’t push our children to read books for their entire life, so if we create the habit of reading, then they will take care of themselves.

“Best Luck For All the Parents, to make your children become a good reader”.

Jayanthi Sivakumar, Early Childhood Programmer (U.S.A)
jayanthi@sangford.org

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