Here are some reading tips.
1. Use props - Narrate the story or voice some characters with puppet/s or props to bring the story alive. This helps captivate your children's attention.
2. Use the 5Ws and 1 H model - what, when, where, why, who) plus how. This helps develop your child's comprehension
3. Share reading the story with your child. Pause at certain words or sentences to get your child to read. This helps develop your child's confidence in reading.
1. Simple - Keep the space simple, without a lot of visual distractions or toys. Allow books to be the main focus!
2. Shhhhh - The reading space should be located in a relatively quiet part of the house
3. Well-lighted -- Natural light, a lamp or even a sparkly string of lights will ensure that your child can see without straining.
4. Organised -- Keep books on shelves or in baskets.
5. Retain interest by periodically rotating the selection of books in the reading space!
1. Encourage your child to read to an audience - sibling, parent, grand parent or dolls/stuffed toys/pets
2. Be guided by your child. Listen to their reading ability. Let them choose easier books initially (if they want to) to build confidence in reading, gently encourage your child to try reading higher reading level type books
3. Pause the urge to correct as they read. Once they have read the page, ask them to revisit the passage to check their pronunciation. If they continually make the same mistake, gently correct them.
4. Finally, even as your child gets older, continue to read aloud to your child. It's one way to spend quality time together.
1. Listening to a story told or read aloud well is a captivating experience.
2. Supports children in becoming active listeners, totally engaged and immersed in the text.
3. Enriches children's vocabulary by hearing new words in context and familiar words used in new ways, and children develop new insights into the way language works.
4. Expose your child to more complex plot lines than your child might encounter in books on their own reading level.
5. Reading aloud also naturally lead to discussions about the book, during which time you can check on your child's comprehension of the story.
6. It is appropriate for ALL children, including those who already read accurately and fluently.
7. Most of all, it's a wonderful family time activity.
So Read! Read! Read!
By reading aloud, you expose your child to more complex vocabulary and plot lines than your child might encounter in books on their own reading level. Reading aloud also naturally lead to discussions about the book, during which time you can check on your child's comprehension of the story.
In this photo, I was reading Lin Yi's Lantern to my son.