What makes a child become an early reader?
As a 1st grade teacher, I’ve helped many young children learn to read. In the process, certain patterns have emerged. It’s more than decoding sounds and words—it’s feeling excitement about a good story, learning about things of interest, or realizing that a book can take a reader to extraordinary places or create wonderful adventures!
I’ve also noticed that some children come to school better prepared to tackle the challenges of reading than others. These are the children who get “hooked” on reading, and easily read on (or significantly above) their grade level. Simple things can make these children read earlier than others, and it starts at home.
Some parents have successfully employed interesting strategies to help their children become early readers. These include:
- Reading to children every night and asking pertinent questions
- Letting your child see that you read for pleasure, to model good reading habits
- Making sure their child can easily hear and create rhymes
- Spending time together at the local library
- Setting time limits on video games, TV, and computer time
- Combining reading with drawing and writing activities
Incorporating just two or three of these strategies into your family’s busy life will make a tremendous difference in helping your child become an inspired early reader.