According to HealthyChildren.org, reading aloud to your child is one of the best ways you can help her learn to read. But did you know there are countless other benefits to recounting tales of princesses and dragons to your little library lover? From teaching your tot to problem solve to spending quality time together, a book is a great tool for every parent of preschoolers.
In order for your little page turner to gain the maximum benefits from reading, HealthyChildren.org suggests that you set aside time each day to read a book together. Bedtime is an ideal opportunity to snuggle with your sweetie and read. Or why not flip open a book together after dinner? Find a time that works for your family and make reading a part of your day just like a meal or a bath.
Involve Your Child
From letting your little one pick the stories you will read to asking him questions throughout the tale, involving your curious cutie in the reading process is key. After all, books can help your child express thoughts and solve problems on her own. So by asking little Susie why a character in her book told a lie and discussing that decision, Susie learns right from wrong. Use a story as a jumping-off point for chatting about your child’s day and what is going on in her life.
Make Reading Fun
Sure, you may want your preschooler to learn to read now, but realistically, most children learn to read by age 6 or 7, says HealthyChildren.org. While some learn as early as age 4 or 5, don’t rush your little reader! Instead, allow your child to set her own pace and have fun with reading. So use funny voices as you tell a tale and act out the adventure. Don’t worry, no one can see or hear you except the mini-audience in the room.
Encourage Your Cutie to Follow Along
In addition to getting some giggles while reading a silly story, kids learn to recognize letters and words and how a sentence looks. They will learn that they should read a story from left to right, plus they will soon solve complex mathematical expressions! Okay, well maybe not that last one but you get the idea. Reading leads to learning. Use your finger to point out words and show the progression of sentences to encourage your kiddo to follow along as you read. Choose a variety of books to read aloud to build your preschooler’s vocabulary and get the most out of your reading time together.