Blog > Techniques for helping children learn to read
December 02, 2016
Although there is a focus on young people on the road to GCSEs and A Levels, there has been an increase in discussions about young children who are just starting to learn how to read and write, and how best to aid them in this.
As a business that specialises in personalised children?s books, we understand the importance of young children developing their reading skills, and are interested in ways to help children excel in this area. We have looked into the best techniques to help your children on their way with learning and improving reading skills, and highlighted our personal top points. To find out more, please continue reading.
From a young age, children will become increasingly aware of their surroundings, from shop names to street signs. Investigations have shown that exposure such as this, and additionally having these everyday signs read out to them, helps them to engage and aids their reading skills. This is known as environmental print?, and is a great help in a child's development.
This may seem like an obvious technique, yet it is vital to a child's learning, and allows you to begin the process before a child is of reading age. It is widely believed that reading to your child from a newborn age not only helps and encourages bonding, but helps instill in children a love and enjoyment of reading, which in turn is thought to be the greatest predictor of reading success in school age children, as an enjoyment of reading is crucial to the learning process.
Reading with your child is a great opportunity for bonding, but also a perfect time to start asking your children questions as they read. This can be done as simply as pointing to a character in the book and asking if they see it while referring to it by name. This starts to get them familiar with the correct terms for objects they might see regularly, and also pins the word to something concrete. This also helps children to understand what they're reading, and engage further with the story. It's great for when their skills become more developed and you can ask them the names of objects and to make the sounds related to animals.
Children are more likely to engage with and enjoy reading if they see it as something that is widely done within their homes. It doesn't necessarily have to be a novel, it could be a magazine, newspaper, or even a recipe book - as long as it's demonstrated that reading can be done for enjoyment. This will encourage young children to take the time to sit down and read, particularly as they get older and have the skill to do so independently.
If you're considering giving some or all of these techniques a go, why not do so with our personalised books. Your child can create their own avatar, pick the animals that star alongside them, and go off on an adventure to India in our latest book, Watabus. Perfect for reading together and sharing with friends.