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Learn to Read Games Prepare for Literacy
Do you want your child to read well and love it? Maybe you struggled to learn to read and write my essay. Maybe you started late and avoided it often, for who doesn’t prefer to do what comes easily and put off what is hard? But when it comes to our children we all want the young ones to have a better chance. With the right support from home, children can learn to read and write early, easily and joyfully. Reading skill is one of the strongest indicators of academic success.
Researchers at the University of Oregon Roland Good, Deborah Simmons and Sylvia Smith, point out in a 1998 paper published in Educational and Child Psychology that good early readers get stronger quickly, while weak early readers improve slowly. Consequently, the slower reading trajectory affects reading comprehension, reading speed, vocabulary development, exposure to content and information, and ultimately self-esteem (Good et al., 1998, 58). Reading is a complex cognitive task that requires practice, and support at home.
Many Parents Are Teaching Children How to Read
Parents are the child’s best ally in learning language and literacy skills that will foster a love of reading and writing to support their confidence and success in school and in life. Teach them to read as you teach them to talk, to wash their hands, to brush their teeth, and to mind their manners. Here are some fun literacy activities to include in your play with your child 3 months to 3 years old.
At this age children are absorbing their culture’s language(s). Speak to them in both languages, if you speak more than one. They are acquiring the sounds of the languages, learning vocabulary and using language to interact with the people around them. Although they are not ready to read yet, they are developing the foundation language skills they will build on later when they do start to read. They may start to enjoy sitting in your lap looking and pictures and talking about them, and listening while you read durable, realistic, short books. They are learning to associate pictures with real life, to take care of books, to turn pages from right to left in English.
Most of the fun language activities to do with your child at this stage are talking activities and listening games. Writing and reading are literary equivalents of speaking and listening. Spend time every day with your child doing these learn to read activities.