Every parent beams with joy and pride whenever his or her child reads a sentence successfully.
Little Sue-Ann, a 3-year old, has just brought home her first reader from kindergarten. She proudly reads aloud to her parent and the next thing you know, her beaming parent asks Sue-Ann how to spell a particular word. Obviously Sue-Annâ€™s reply will be, â€œI donâ€™t know.â€ That poor 3-year old is feeling a little sad and discouraged for not being to â€œspellâ€ and without being spared, the parent questions her child again, â€œHow come you donâ€™t know?â€
The One Mistake Most Parents Make When Getting Their Child to Read
I have been teaching children aged 1.5 to 6 years old for almost 17 years and I have yet to see a child who is not able to read at all.Â When a child is given the right techniques and motivation, reading can be achieved without sweat. Reading is not about getting every word and spelling correct. Reading must be ENJOYED â€“ a total pleasure!
Can you imagine when your child passes by a bookshop and she pesters you to bring her in? Yes, that child has discovered something that money cannot buy â€“ knowledge.
Reading is the key to knowledge.
When I was about 6 or 7 years old, my mother used to say that she could not see my head. Well, it was because I was always behind a book. Back in those days, my mother would take me once a week to a little book shop called â€œLim Brothersâ€ in Malacca and what pure joy it was for me every time I stepped into this place. Iâ€™d get to choose a book and she would make the purchase but after that, she had a hard time getting me for my meals though!
When to Start Reading to Your Child?
So when should we start reading with a child? Iâ€™ve told many parents: start them even when your child is an infant. Iâ€™d read to my babies (my sons are now 10 and 6 respectively). They are fascinated with fantasy books and magazines.
My 10-year old son loves Roald Dahlâ€™s books and is currently reading â€œEdgar and Ellenâ€ series by Charles Ogden â€“ itâ€™s about a pair of twins, Edgar and Ellen who live alone. Their parents disappeared years ago. And who can blame them?
Next Up: Part 2…
What kind of books should we introduce to a 3, 4, 5 or 6 year olds? If you are keen to know, watch out for Part 2 on this website. Iâ€™ll be listing out some great books for your little ones.
Jade Lim is a principal of a kindergarten and she specializes in child education.