How to Prepare Your Child for Reading Readiness, What Not to Do

How to Prepare Your Child for Reading Readiness, What Not to Do

Reading readiness is the action taken when transitioning from a non-reader to a reader. This can be a scary time for young children.

Even when young children pretend to read, this is acting out, or doing what they’ve seen  their teacher at school do.  When they fully realize that actual reading is to take part on their part, they may seem overwhelmed, if they understand.  Some children will laugh it off.  Others will be concerned that something is expect of them, that they can’t do.

Different children respond differently to the moment of truth between looking at the pictures and actually reading the words.  To help make reading readiness easier, your child should be able to identify each of the alphabet, without your help, before engaging in reading.

If you’re a parent then you realize that when your child has a favorite book,  after a while they memorize every word in the story.  If you point to each word as you read the story this helps to give them a head-start in reading.  Most children will build up a vocabulary of words from memory.

This in its own way is reading readiness. Of course the child is memorizing the words, and may or may not recognize the words out of the content of the story.  (Don’t tell them that.)

Not to worry. Different children handle this reading thing differently. Some children memorize words and build an extensive vocabulary at an early age. Other children wait for the instructions on how to sound words out, and employ memory only when they keep having trouble with a particular word.

The truth is, children begin reading readiness at birth when they begin to listen to the words spoken in front of them.

What you don’t want to do, is turn your child off to reading before they’re ready to actually read.  Be patient with them at all times, and if they frustrate you because they just don’t seem to get it, stop.  If your child feels the slightest hint of disapproval on your part,  you could cause long-term damage to his/her reading abilities in the future.  They may decide that reading is a bad thing, because they disappointed you.  (You can’t fake your real feelings, so don’t even try.  They know.)

If your concerns are getting the best of you, hire a professional tutor to help your child with reading readiness.

Thee are millions of educators who will tell you what your child should be doing at what age. Take this information with a grain of salt. See how far your child can go, with a little help from you. This suggestion especially holds true if your child is acting up, or acting out in class.  One of the things you have to determine early on is if  he/she is acting out because they’re bored or because they feel an emotional need for attention.

Don’t take this reading thing too seriously.  Remember when you learned to read?  You did it, and so will your child.  Article provided by C. Ingram, ECE,   Xica’s   You are welcome to copy and post this article; Please leave the links in place.  Reading Readiness Early Childhood Education; Amazon


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