Children and Reading-How To Make Of Your Child an Excellent Reader

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   In this page, I'll share with you what I did with my son to inspire him the love for reading. I'll share with you tips and ideas, I think you can use and that will be very helpful to you and your children. As a wellness consultant for Mothers and their children, I had witness excellent results with my client's children. I think these tips can be very helpful to you as well. Hope you keep an open mind and enjoy them.

Teaching our children to read books is not a difficult task. However, inspiring them the love for reading through their life time, is another story. When babies, we mothers love to read them books. We teach them about the alphabet, colors, numbers, shapes, animals, and the list goes on and on. But soon enough, once they start to grow up (which happens very fast) they loose interest and put the books aside. Tv, video games, and other things get's in the way, and reading is not fun any more.

As a mother of a 10 years old boy, who is an honor student in a school for gifted children and an accelerated reader; I'm told many times that I'm a very lucky Mom. I respond that I don't think luck have anything to do with the love my son have for reading. When my son was in 3rd grade, he was reading to a 7th grade level student. He was the best in his class, his projects were always pick by the teachers and they loved him as an student. To this day, things haven't changed and I'm very proud of my son, what can I say.

I  think we parents play a mayor role in our children's lives and the choices they will make when they grow up. We are a role model for them and expending quality time with them is not only extremely important but necessary for their well being and healthy development.

 

1- From the time your baby is born, develop the habit of reading not only through the day but at bed time. Every day, read a book with your child, not only while he is a baby/toddler but way beyond that. make this a bonding time for you and your child.

2- I personally didn't let my son watch any tv, until he was 4 years old. No computer games, read along "computerized" books or any thing like that. Books, puzzles, building blocks, lego constructive and creative games is what we used at home. Don't get me wrong, I think the read along, leap frog and those kind of "reading tools/games" are nice. However, the underline message, is getting them "hook up" to modern, computerized toys and ways to expend their time. NOTHING like a real book, with real paper pages and images on them, to inspire the love for reading.

3- When my son was younger, we used to read together. He will read one paragraph and I'll read the next one. This way, we developed a stronger bond and he felt I was as interested in the book as mush as he was. This also helps for them not to get tired reading a book, especially if is a book with lots of pages.

 

  • From the time your baby is born, develop the habit of reading not only through the day but at bed time. Every day, read a book with your child, not only while he is a baby/toddler but way beyond that. make this a bonding time for you and your child.

 

  • I personally didn't let my son watch any tv, until he was 4 years old. No computer games, read along "computerized" books or any thing like that. Books, puzzles, building blocks, lego constructive and creative games is what we used at home. Don't get me wrong, I think the read along, leap frog and those kind of "reading tools/games" are nice. However, the underline message, is getting them "hook up" to modern, computerized toys and ways to expend their time. NOTHING like a real book, with real paper pages and images on them, to inspire the love for reading.

 

  • When my son was younger, we used to read together. He will read one paragraph and I'll read the next one. This way, we developed a stronger bond and he felt I was as interested in the book as mush as he was. This also helps for them not to get tired reading a book, especially if is a book with lots of pages.
 

I make an habit to read at least one book a day. No excuses, no matter how tired I was or how busy I was, a book a day was something I will not let go by.

 

  • VERY IMPORTANT: when reading books, ask him to read them out loud. Reading books at an early age out loud, will help him to get familiar with the correct pronunciation. Not only that, once he will be used to the words, he will read faster every day, while understanding the story without problem.

 

  • Once my son grew up an started in school, I changed my strategy. You see, just because they read a book does not mean they understand the book or the story within it. So I developed a technique. This works great once in the school and to score great in the homework assignments. In gifted school, they gave a lot of reading assignments. He will have to read a book and then respond to questions about the story. If a child don't understand the story within the book, he will respond wrong to the questions asked.

 

 So try this: when your child reads a book, ask him what the book is about to see if he understood the story. Ask him specific questions, like the name of the characters, the city's they are in, the name of the pets. Ask him what was the season of the year, and more detailed questions.

 

When I started doing this, I notice he will not remember most of the story told in the book, but instead had a vague idea about it. So I decided to "teach" him how to understand the story in the book, instead of just how to read it. I'll had him reading a paragraph and then tell me about it. Then we'll read the next paragraph and talk about it. Then we'll read both paragraphs altogether. This way, I teach him how to focus to detail and retain information better.

Once he started second and third grade, as a home work, they will have him read a daily book at home and bring an "easy" about the book for the next day. Now, he had to read two books a day! The school assignment and the daily book at home. You want your children to LOVE reading, not to feel as if it is a burden for them. So I developed a new technique.

  • A book tells us stories, no matter if they are fiction, about history, or about cartoon heroes. So I told him that instead of "reading a book" for the school' s easy, he could invent one, right out of his head. He loved the idea! He will invent the author's name, title, number of pages and content. This is a wonderful tool believe me! Not only your children will loved the idea, but they will develop incredible creativity.

 

  • Then as he advanced in the school, to the point of teachers telling me he was way beyond the school goal's, I create another tool/idea. They told me he needed more, but could not helping further in the school, as this will delay the other children's development. They told me I had to create an extra curriculum and things to do for him. So at home from then on, I'll had him not only create an imaginary story in his head, but instead he will make his own book! I brought in the office supply store, a special note book, just for him to write his stories. Every day, he will create a story an make his very own book. He loved the idea of writing his own name as the "author". LOL

 

Not to my surprise but to the teachers surprise, kamal (my son) reads two books a week from the school. He asked permission to the teacher to let him go to the school' s library and take home every week a different book. Then he will do a test in the library's computer and respond to the questions related to the book he just read. I remember having to talk to the librarian about the "special needs" of my son. You see, when you are in third grade, you are supposed to pick up books labeled as "third grade" but he will find those books bored and picked up 6, 7 and 8th grade books. The librarian told him he could not do that as those where no books "appropriated" for a child his age. The gifted teacher and the director of the school, spoke with the librarian. To this day, he can pick up any book he wants, no matter what grade the are labeled.

 

  • 12- Now, that Kamal is 10 years old, the gifted teacher tells me how impressed he is with him. he comment on how "mature and complicated" the language and words he chooses, in his writings. When I read his stories, I see what she mean. Not only he is extremely detailed when writing a story, but his words are for sure of more intellectual in content than what a child his age will normally write.

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  • Don't get me wrong, he is like any other child. He loves his play station 2, nintendo and other games alike. I brought it for him this year (2009). But he plays with these toys only in the weekends, or especial holidays when the school is closed. Week days are for study and reading. Still, he reads one book a day and at bed time, he goes bed half an hour early, so he can read his bed time book. Not because I ask him, but because he is used to and truly loves to read.

As I mentioned above, I think we parents are a role model to our children. As we do, they will. I love to read books myself, especially about health and healing, alternative medicine and self empowering books. I have a library of books in my home, half belong to him and half belong to me. We continue reading books together and on our own as well. We share stories and things we learn while reading.

 

 So if you want to make of your child an excellent reader, start the love for reading yourself. Have books around the house, read lots of books with him. During the day, especially at bed time while bonding, which will help you to have a closer relationship with your child. If your children ask you for toys and you cannot afford to buy them.. hell yes, say no!. But never say no to buying books for him. If you cannot afford to buy books, get them from your local library. Better yet, have him create his own books, inventing stories and giving him the freedom to express himself.

 

Children's brain are like sponges, they absorb so much information! If you can, as I did and are bilingual, buy books in different languages. It will tremendously help them to learn different languages. As I always tell him, the more we learn, the better!

 

I hope you enjoyed this page and that any of the advice, tips and ideas I provided in here was useful to you. Encourage your children to read books and delay to much tv (or any at all for that matter)video games and things like that. In the long term, it will pay off. You'll feel very proud of your children and they will do great at the school.

 

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