Teaching Reading and Writing to Your Child

Reading and writing with your children can help you to build better relationships with them. Reading involves interacting with your child and allows you to set a time aside that you specifically spend with your child. As you create a relaxed and fun atmosphere reading together, your relationship can become stronger. The more opportunities you get to be with your child alone, the easier it can get for both of you to share, and parents find that other issues affecting their children can be expressed, and once out in the open, are easier to discuss.

 

Stories in books can be used to explain difficult situations and discuss confusing topics with your children. Whether you’re at home, on the bus, in the shops or at the doctor’s surgery or even hospital, there are countless opportunities to help your child to learn. Teaching your children to read and write gives you the chance to talk with them and read together, plus there are fun ways to develop their writing skills too. As a Parent you will have improved confidence in your ability to provide support for your children. Parents and especially first time parents are buffeted from all directions with information on what they should and should not do. Often parents feel inadequate, and at a loss as to how best to care for and support their children. The simple act of reading and being able to achieve positive results with your child can be a big boost for your confidence and can be a building block for continued support and involvement in the growth and development of your child.

 

Helene Goldnadel says that teaching your child to read and write can provide opportunities to take part in organised activities based in schools or other venues, and form new friendships with other parents through school activities, a neutral place where you can take part in enjoyable, focused activities. This can be particularly useful if you don’t live with your child or your everyday life does not provide opportunities to meet and mix with different people.

 

Parents with low literacy levels themselves can use this opportunity to learn and develop their own skills. Being able to read and write with your children can provide the motivation and support to join a more formal education class, and create opportunities for voluntary or paid work in schools or the wider community.

 

So what can you as a parent to help your child read and write better?

 

As a Parent you need to talk and listen to your children in order to make a good start in teaching them how to read and write. This will give your children an opportunity to hear how language is put together into sentences and prepare them to become readers and writers.

 

You need to set aside even just 10 minutes a day to read stories with your child as this helps build important skills as well as capturing your child’s interest in books. Books are a rich source of information for your child because they provide certain words which may not be used frequently in everyday conversations. From their earliest days babies enjoy listening to stories and looking at books.

 

In order to make teaching your child to read and write as easy and enjoyable as possible, choose books that you both enjoy and then spend time reading together and telling stories. You could talk about the pictures and characters in the books and make up your own. You could discuss how your children’s heroes might use books and reading to achieve the things they do.

 

Teaching your children to read and write does not have to always be formal. You can talk to your children about the world around them and read as you walk down the street and round the shops, pointing out signs and words and talking about them.

Make Reading Important – Helene Goldnadel

Some may disagree with me, but it is my opinion that the two most important subjects taught in school are reading and math. Reading is certainly the most important. Our education system itself is based on the ability to read. Tell a student that reading is important in learning how to do math and they usually don’t understand just how important. As they get into the upper grades and high school, it may be too late if they do not have good reading skills.

 

Parents have to encourage their children to read at home. Many parents fail to realize that their children are not reading enough. They seem to think that children do all the reading they need during the school day. This is far from the truth.

 

Why do so many students seem to dislike reading? Or maybe the question should be why do so many students think that reading is not important? Every teacher continually stresses to their students how important reading is and has some sort of reading program to encourage their students to read. If this is so, then where are we going wrong and who is responsible? How can we reverse this trend of children not wanting to read?

 

Helene Goldnadel says that responsibility falls on two groups: teachers and parents. They have to work together to ensure that students are following some sort of reading program. Parents have to be more diligent in ensuring that their children are reading at home. They have to become involved in what they are reading. Ask them questions about the book such as the plot, setting, main characters, etc. When children see that their parents are interested in what they are doing, it gives them a sense of pride and they begin to attach importance to it.

 

Some parents actually give their children excuses when it comes to not reading. They have them enrolled in too many activities which interfere with school work. The swimming lessons, soccer games etc. have more importance attached to them than reading. It doesn’t mean such extra curricular activities are not important in the development of children, but there has to be a balance.

 

The solution to improve the reading skills of children is simple. Get them to read without making them feel they “have” to. Show them that reading can be enjoyable. Show them that reading is important. It is not rocket science. It is just letting children know the importance of reading. One of the best things a parent can do is to show an interest and be active in what their children are reading. Having your child read to you once in awhile and then discuss what has been read is another way to attach importance to reading. Children who fail to realize the importance of having good reading skills are at a disadvantage as they progress through our education system and then into the work force. Students that are avid readers usually do better in their studies. Let’s give them all a better chance to be successful by continuing to stress the importance of reading in school and at home.

 

Also read: Reasons by Helene Goldnadel Why Your Child Hates Reading

Reading Games to Help Your Child Read

Most of the time you can trust the diagnosing dyslexia and dyslexia treatment of your children to skilled teachers in your local education system. Dyslexia in children is now routinely screened for and detected. But every parent wants to help his or her kids do better in school.

And many parents feel that the education of their children is too important to pass off to the teachers and forget about. If you have a child with dyslexia or a child who is having difficulty in reading you want to help. You want to get involved in homework, interact with your child and understand how the child is progressing.

Fortunately there are a variety of tools available to help you in this. Helene Goldnadel discusses some of them here.

First off, there is a line of computer games used in the diagnosis of dyslexia in children that you might want to look into. There is a whole series of such games developed by The Diagnostic Gaming Company, with different games used for different ages and stages of development of the children they are designed to test.

Qualified specialists have participated in the design and testing of these games, to make them useful tools in early dyslexia screening and testing.

It ends up being just some fun games for the children to play. They usually have no idea that there is some kind of test involved. A parent or teacher reads the manual first, understands what is supposed to happen and can just unobtrusively watch while the children play. Parts of the games are designed to test for dyslexia symptoms.

If a child has a potential problem with some dyslexic condition, then that child will have difficulties with certain parts of the game. An adult observer who knows the rules from reading the handbook can quickly see, and make note of, the specific problem area. Then armed with the info a specialist can be consulted.

Also there are games available that help treat dyslexia symptoms in children. Games have been developed using proven methods to help dyslexic children work around and overcome their problems. Trained specialists have incorporated these methods and techniques into games that children find to be both entertaining and fun.

That makes the games easy to teach the children and play with. This, as well as being highly effective in teaching useful skills and ways to overcome dyslexia symptoms.

These games are easy to obtain over the Internet. You can download them and print out the parts that need to be printed out. Then you read over the instructions and start playing the games with your children. For many games the whole thing can be downloaded, printed out and started playing within minutes.

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