Reading aloud may be the single most important activity parents do with their children.
This is because a child who read to is more likely to enjoy reading and would want to learn to read. Once a child becomes passionate about reading-he or she will have the opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of learning.
According to Dr. Andrea Pastorok, educational psychologist for Kumon math and reading centers, reading aloud stimulates the brain and serves as the foundation for literacy development.
Studies show that more people read, the better he becomes and students who read the most likely to stay in school and experience academic achievement.
Dr. Pastorok recommends tips to make reading aloud fun and exciting for your kids:
1. Began reading aloud to your child as soon as possible. Reading to babies helps them develop a sense of rhythm and language patterns.
2. Remember, the art of listening is obtained. It must be taught and cultivated gradually. Read slowly enough for your child to build up a mental picture of what he had just heard.
3. Reading aloud helps children develop imagination and creativity. See illustration also encourage art appreciation.
4. If the chapters are too long to read one session, finding tense stopping point.
5. The use many expressions when reading. If possible, change the tone of your voice to customize the dialog and adjust the speed of your voice to fit the story.
6. Avoid long descriptive passages until the child's imagination, vocabulary and attention span are capable of handling them.
7. Extraordinarily active child may be difficult to sit down and listen. Paper, crayons and pencils allow them to keep their hands busy while listening.
8. Encourage conversation about what is being read. Foster children's curiosity with patient answers to their questions.
9. Remember to set aside a regular reading time every day for your child to read on their own.
Dr. Pastorok is an education specialist with Kumon math and reading center. He has a doctorate in educational psychology, a master's degree in counseling psychology and more than 30 years’ experience working with children.