Don't you think that watching a child learn how to read is almost miraculous? Your child might be learning how to read without you even realizing it. For example, each time you go to a particular fast food restaurant, your child is probably taking note of the logo in the front of the restaurant. Later on, when he or she sees an advertisement for that same fast food restaurant, don't be surprised if your child says, Look, there's - and then names the restaurant. The same goes with brands of things like peanut butter or cereal. Your child will more than likely learn many words just by seeing an object over and over and having you naming the object each time you present it to him or her. From labeling items in your house to buying children's books especially designed for learning how to better pronounce words, here are some ideas that might help you as you guide your child to be a good reader. Of course, simply looking at picture books together and pointing to each word as you read it is a great way for your child to learn how to read, too.
Labeling Favorite Items - Of course, you don't want every single object in your house to be wearing a name tag. However, consider putting little name cards on items that your child uses frequently. For example, if he or she has a favorite toy bunny, you could print the word Bunny on that toy. The same goes with household items. For example, if your child has a special place to sit at the table, actually write his or her name on a card and stick it to his or her chair. The same goes for names of your other family members.
Using Pronunciation Books - Have you noticed how books like the different Dr. Seuss books have kind of a sing-song quality to them? That quality may be an excellent source of helping your child to pronounce words in a fun way. And, think about old sayings like She sells seashells by the seashore. Or, consider words that make the sound that mimics the word. The words Splish Splash are an example of words that might delight your child while he or she is learning how to pronounce them. Think of looking for books like A Child’s Guide to Pronunciation: Getting Ready To Read, which will give you many ways of helping your child to read.
My son is sixteen years old and has never had an easy time learning. He seems to have a very hard time retaining the information that his teachers have helped him absorb. One of his teachers pointed us in the direction of additional learning supplies to help him retain the information a lot better. I bought a few items to see if he would be able to pick things up a little better and was shocked at the difference. If you have a child that has a hard time learning, this blog can help you find the tools that you need to help your child succeed.