Tips To Get Your Child Reading and Writing

Writers are readers, and readers can be writers too.  Every great story written starts from a tiny spark of imagination gone wild.  Fire up your child’s imagination and encourage them to put this on paper, here are some tips.

1.  Exposure opens opportunities for children to choose the ones suited to their innate abilities.  Have displays of books, alphabet letters, pens, coloured pencils, paintings, photos and drawings somewhere around your house.

2.  Point out these things to them and encourage them to touch pens and try scribbling, hold books and browse the pages, look at the photos and drawings, say letters and words early on.  This will give them a feel of things, and later on decide which one they would own. At this stage do not expect them to show particular interest on something or do things correctly.

3. Readiness is always the key to get a child to start up with something.  Be observant to your child’s progress, and don’t miss those hints. How do we know they are ready?

  • Curiousity.  A child who constantly ask questions about a particular thing is ready to assimilate information. This is the right moment to start teaching them.
  • Expression of likes and dislikes is another cue that they are mentally and emotionally ready.

 

4.  Encourage, reinforce, but do not force. Do reading and writing activities on the time or day your child is enthusiastic.  Don’t miss this moment, it is during this time, your child is receptive. On times, he is unwilling to do any reading or writing activity do not force. A happy child will most likely, willingly do similar activities again. But a coerced child will be discouraged.

5. Follow up and follow through.  By the time your child is already schooling, follow up every phonics and reading exercises, spelling or writing homework. Plan some activities on your own as a follow through to reinforce what has already been taught. But then again, always make sure you do not put these on your child’s shoulders as something of a burden to him/her.

6.  Look out for venue to feature your child’s reading or writing successes. Documentation of their work wherein they get to see themselves would motivate them to do it again. Competition, exhibition, and shows could be venues to showcase their reading and writing abilities.

7. Constant, correct practice makes perfect. Continue the follow up, follow through, and documentation; eventually you’ll be surprised your child will voluntarily pick up a book to read or notebook to write on.

Do you find the tips helpful? Please share so that more children will be guided to reading and writing.

If you have other tips, please do mention on the comment section and I will be very happy to include them on the list.

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Tips To Get Your Child Reading and Writing

  1. Great tips! My son is 3-years old and only beginning to learn the letter sounds. I agree that exposure to letters and just letting him explore (rather than force him to learn) work better!

  2. I also excite my kids about the thought of writing or buying books. Whenever we go to the bookstore, I always sound excited when I see books, pens, supplies, etc. The next time we went there, my kids had the same excitement. Even up to now, when my eldest sees a book, he’s just way too excited. =)

  3. I learned tip number 1 from a book about writers. That’s why even though it’s hard to maintain the books when you’ve got kids being, well, kids around them, I still put them in areas where they’d be sure to see them and access tehm.

  4. These tips are so helpful especially for the parents who’ll have their kids attend their very first day of school but this is also helpful for those kids who are only learning at home..

    Thanks for this article! 🙂

  5. I so agree with the tips, my mom provided us children’s Bible stories in 10 volumes when I’m still in kindergarten and that started my love in reading any topics that catches my attention that’s why now I’m married, I have my own library of assorted books thought not able to completely finish reading all of them, still when I want to read I can just grab one from the shelf. 🙂

  6. When I read Outliers, a book by Malcolm Gladwell, he mentioned that people who got the most opportunity in a certain field will become / can become best on that field. It’s actually a nice read.

    So if a child was exposed to books , and into reading, he’ll surely be good in writing as well since he’ll have wider comprehension and vocab exposure.

    1. Most probably. Exposure plays a crucial role. Being able to read and having wide range of vocabs may make writing easy, but if the heart is not in it (which can be achieved through exposure) then it will just end there.

  7. This post is awesomely educational! I admire you for putting reading and writing readiness tips together. To add a line, reward kids for every single mile they step in and make activities more fun and age-appropraite.

  8. Educational apps on mobile gadgets nowadays are also considered as wonderful tools in teaching kids how to be sharper and more creative when it comes to reading and writing. Parents should be supportive of their learning even at an early age.

    1. Moms nowadays are lucky because they have so much help. Educ. Apps are great tools, as long as the remain just tools. If parents rely solely on these, its pure negligence and risky in the long run.

    1. Parents are their children’s first teacher. If parents are able to create a learning environment base on trust, the child’s confidence will be greatly boosts.

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