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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Developing Reading Habits in Your Kid is Easier Now Than Ever!

By Andrew Loh

Emerging statistics are startling and mind boggling! Almost 38% of all third and fourth graders in the United States are unable to read a simple poem in English. This data includes kids from all strata of society, including income, religion and ethnicity. Most of the children from this group often drone, hesitate and commit errors while reading books. He or she could be one of the 10 million elementary aged school going children who is performing far below the normal reading potential.
Certainly, thousands of children from a number of countries cannot be so lazy nor have other symptoms! It is almost surprising to see that children sitting in their classrooms struggling with their reading. Parents are worried about this shocking trend, while teachers are trying hard to find a valid solution to the problem.

But, here is good news! Research studies indicate that almost 95% of children can really learn to read at elementary grade by spending just 15 to 20 minutes with proper guidance and care. As a parent, you can make a real difference in your child¡¯s ability to read by utilizing 15 minutes every day with your son or daughter.

One of the biggest and most remarkable milestones in your kid¡¯s life is when he or she learns to read! You may be always asking a simple, but complicated question, ¡°When will my kid start to learn reading books?¡± In essence, this is a very complicated question that bothers almost every parent in the world. But, with the evolving research and improved teaching methods, you can start teaching your kid how to read and understand books.

Mother is the first teacher to her baby. Your baby starts to learn and comprehend things as soon he or she is born. Parents are always teaching their kids. We keep talking nice things to kids. We read stories and sing poems for them. We hug our babies with lot of affection and love. Teaching starts from the first day when your kid is born. Reading is just another skill that needs more effort both from you as well as your kid.

The main key to become a good reader is an exposure to the reading habit very early in your kid¡¯s life. It is also a factor of an early exposure to the wonderful world of languages. The more the kids get an exposure to quality language the better will be her or his ability to become a good reader. But, the biggest question here is how can you do that?

Here are some of the most common and practical tips to make your child learn reading quicker and faster:

  • Consistent and Habitual Reading: Reading continuously and in a habitual manner can make your child learn reading in a double quick time. Reading to children in a loud voice will help you child increase the general knowledge of the world, enhance vocabulary skills, jack up familiarity with written language (or what you call 'book language'), and step up an active interest in reading. When your kid listens to words read continuously, he or she will start showing an active interest in the language. She or he will also feel that reading is something is really enjoyable and pleasing. Repeated reading habit will not only help your kid learn how to read but also succeed in academic activities.

  • Using normal and easy to learn language: Right communication starts at your home, and as a parent you will need to talk to your kids in a more refined and polished way. Children are avid and quick learners at all age groups, quickly absorbing critical information through normal interactions and associated experiences with other children, adults, and the general environment. The general rule is very simple and straightforward: The more interactive and interesting conversation and playtime your child is involved in, the more he or she can learn and better will be the ability to talk and read in the future.

  • Playing meaningful games: Interactive games are the best source of reading and writing skills; a number of games help children read something before they can proceed to the next step of the game. One simple example is matching words with pictures by reciting the word loudly. This type of interactive game is extremely beneficial and cajoling in making your child learn reading books at a young age.

In summary, just realize that teaching your kid to learn reading starts right in his or her ears! You can lay a strong foundation for success in reading and comprehending by slowly and surely reading stories to your kids, talk in a simple language and by playing linguistics related games and riddles. As you start reading more numbers of books, your child will start picking up a small collection of simple words. As he or she starts to build the power of vocabulary, the future will also look brighter and promising.



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