To accompany your child on the road to reading, to make him/her feel like reading, there are a few rules to keep in mind and some very simple tips to discover below.
Learning to read is long and difficult, and there is no point in hiding it from your child. However, show him/her the pleasure he/she will get from it.
Have you just read a novel or an article that fascinated you? Share your impressions with your spouse or other adults: seeing your enthusiasm, hearing you say that you like to read, will make your child really want to access this mysterious happiness.
Even if you are not a bookworm, you can create a thousand opportunities for shared pleasure around the written word: making a cake together by reading the recipe aloud, selecting TV programs as a family with the help of a magazine, reading the rules of a new game before starting a game together…
Who “speaks well” will read better…
Learning to read also means continuing to learn to “speak well”: to know how to name things more and more precisely, to establish links between them, to express feelings and ideas better and better. This conquest of the oral language is essential to mastering the written word. It begins at an early age and is maintained throughout life!
As soon as you can, encourage your child to tell stories and argue. For example, if a book or a show has captivated him or her or on the contrary bored him or her, encourage him or her to express and justify his or her judgement by going beyond the “I like, I don’t like”.
If he wants to tell you a story, help him to tell it in an organized way, by asking questions, by establishing links between the events (links of time, cause, consequence…). Provide him/her with the words that he/she is missing. Sometimes rephrase what they say awkwardly to show that you understand.
Read stories to your child
Reading aloud, one-on-one, what a joy! Just because your child is starting to read on his own doesn’t mean you should deprive him of this great moment of complicity. On the other hand, there is a gap between what your child can already read by himself and the multitude of subjects that interest him.
For a long time, he will still need you to facilitate access to texts that are a little complicated for him.