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How to make reading fun for your child - All about Parenting Toddlers , Issue #003
January 02, 2003
Shaping the life of your precious onesAll about Parenting Toddlers
2nd January 2003
In This Issue:
1. How to make reading fun for your child
2. Easy Recipes For Children
3. Simple Ideas For Great Fun With Your Child
How to make reading fun for your child
Does your pre-schooler detest reading? The minute you open a book, he flips it to the back and say "Finish". When you try to coach him in his reading, you can feel your blood pressure rising when he cannot recognise the words which he has read just a minute ago.
Whilst recognizing that each child develops at different pace, it IS possible to interest them in reading at a young age. However, you must first set the stage before you get down to the mechanics.
Read to your child every day if possible, even if it is only for ten minutes. Take him to the public library. Buy gifts of books for him. Let him see you read your own books, magazines or newspapers (children learn best by imitation).
Make reading fun for your child. If you act as though it is a terrible chore to be endured, chances are he will not enjoy it either. Even reading the dry "Peter and Jane" series can be perked up by using different exaggerating voices. For instance, you could read with the shrill pitch of a little girl on one page and the deep booming resonance of a giant on another. My children are tickled silly each time I do so. If the book has a lot of dialogue, animate it by assuming the voice of the character who is speaking. In "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", let baby bear speak in a high pitch, mama bear as motherly as you can sound and papa bear in a rumbling voice.
Sometimes your child may be watching you instead of the book when you read. Exaggerate your expressions for his benefit. When Hansel and Gretel find the delicious cottage made of chocolate, cake and candy, open your eyes and mouth wide in wonder. Or when Foxy Loxy eyes Chicken Licken and her feathered friends, put on your most cunning look.
Use flash cards. If your pre-schooler is learning sentences like "Here is Sam, the dog", write out each word on a card. Wherever possible, illustrate the word. Draw the picture of a dog on the "dog" flashcard and a skirted stick figure on the "girl" card. When his reading has improved, you can strike off the pictures. Write out other words that appear in the book and make sentences that are grammatically correct but sound silly like "This is Kate, the dog" (Kate is a girl in the LadyBird "Read with Me" series).
Reward your child for his reading efforts. For my five year old, each time he finishes a reading assignment from school, he earns a sticker. When he has collected six stickers which he pastes on a piece of paper, he can redeem his prize which can be an ice-cream cone or a small packet of potato chips. On completion of each book in his "Peter and Jane" series, he gets a book gift which he chooses for himself.
Always be positive. Do not deride him when he falters. Just help him along with a gentle reminder. As he practises his new found skill, watch his enjoyment as he recognizes words on his own and cherish those moments.
Easy Recipes For Children
Cooking with children can be truly fun and easy provided you know how and what to do.
The following are some recipes that do not require any cooking or heating.
No Bake Cookies
Simple Ideas For Great Fun With Your Child
In today's commercially orientated, battery operated, remote controlled society, there's a need to return to good old fashioned no-cost or low-cost fun. After all, what do we do to help entertain our children while the batteries are in the solar charger waiting for the sun to come out?
Here's some ideas to help you think along the lines of simple, cheap fun - like we used to have when we were children...
Shadows On The Wall
Bucket and Spade
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See you in the next issue. Have a blessed year ahead of you. :-)
All the best,
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