Make Your Child An Early Reader
What makes one child do better from kindergarten? Are they just born smart? What edge do they have?
No one is born academically savvy. If you think about it, most of academic learning is acquired through books, by the process of reading. So it is crucial for all kids to be an excellent reader to be an excellent learner.
Make your child an early reader.
If you can somehow instill a love of reading to your child early in life, you have not only gifted them with the most valuable instrument they will need throughout their academic life, but you will have also given them something priceless: a boost in their self esteem, and an insight into their power and what they are capable of accomplishing.
When my third child entered kindergarten with no prior experience at a preschool, I was a worried sick about her adjusting. She is headstrong and has her own opinion about the way her world should be run, so my worry had more basis than the usual parental paranoia. There was no preschool near where we lived at that time, so I spent my time reading with her. We took things easy, progressing step by step and generally had a good time.
Then just before her first day of kindergarten, she read a whole sentence to me, then another, and another until she could read me the whole book. The book was paper-thin with about 24 words total in the entire book. But that didn't matter. My baby has read a whole book to me. She has become a reader.
After she started school, I waited with abated breath and genuine apprehension for a letter, phone call, or worse, the teacher herself to show up with her from school telling me my daughter is too stubborn to attend school, that she needs major psychiatric treatment to help develop the social skill she needs for kindergarten.
None came. Instead, I heard about her being invited to the principle's office to show off her
reading skill to the principle herself and other staff members. I head about her helping other kids with their reading. At the parent teacher conference, her teacher hugged me for giving her my precious daughter who she said was an inspiration to others.
Being an early reader made my daughter popular. Since she didn't need to concentrate so much on learning, she devoted her energy into developing important social skills like helping others and making friends.
Today, she is a well-adjusted third grader who is at a 6th grade reading and math level. She is also an avid learner and like Mom, quite addicted to reading.
So how do we go about teaching our kids this most important skill?
Patience and perseverance: It won't happen overnight, so keep at it.
You are doing it for the child, not yourself. Your goal should be centered on the child's wellbeing not on making yourself proud or to get bragging licence. In other words, you have to do this for your child, not yourself. Parents who use their child's accomplishments to fill a gap in
their lives, or just to feel proud, tend to be too pushy and intimidation.
Have faith in yourself and in your child. You can do it!
Good luck and have fun!
About the Author: Sofia Ula has a Fun Personalized Books web site where she sells Custom-made personalized gift books for the whole family made one at a time just for you. Stories with exciting characters & books for Baby, Sibling, Santa, Wedding, Romance, Birthday, Anniversary