How to Teach Children to Love Books
The ability to read and write well is a fundamental skill that each of us must learn. Since words are our chief means of communication, no one is going to argue that the ability to read, and read well is the fundamental skill that must be taught during the formative years.
It has never been more important to comprehend the written word. Consider for a moment the extent of online interactions versus face-to-face discourse. Changes in the ways we communicate since the widespread use of technology and social media needs no explanation.
To give your child a head start in literacy, and to develop a love of books, there is a few techniques that might help to instill a sense of wonderment in their minds.
1. Read my other article, Language Acquisition Begins in the Womb. Reading and talking to your child before they are born as well as after, is beneficial for recognizing voices and sounds.
2. Picture books are always a good place to start. Point to and naming items together is a fun and creative way to explore the world. This can be done with household items too! Encourage your child to repeat your sounds, but don’t criticize them if they get it wrong. Remember, learning is a process!
3. Picture dictionaries are excellent sources of identification of “things” but also help with word recognition.
4. Read storybooks with your child. This is where the love of books is developed. You are not only spending valuable “special” time with your child, but are helping to tap into their creative imagination and means of self-expression. Thus, developing your child’s communication skills. It hardly seems like teaching and learning if it is creative and fun, right?
5. Encourage your child to create their own characters and stories, and in time, to write their creations. Your child can be a proficient communicator before they join the ranks at grade school, and all it takes is a few moments every day.
Rather than feeling daunted, your child will not only have a familiarity with, but also a fascination for the world of knowledge that can only be found on the pages of a new book.
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