It’s never too late to start teaching a child to read. When you are a foster care or adopted parent, you could be the very first person to read to your adoptive child. Today is the world of technology and reading a book is getting to be a luxury that a lot of people don’t do anymore. Kids would rather read on a computer, playing an electronic game or some other technology that is so readily available today. Reading has to start at home. Kids need to see that you, their support, like to read. The sooner you start them reading the easier it will be for them in school when they are trying to comprehend bigger subjects.
Some tips to get them started:
- Find out what they like to read. Do they like horses? Find books about horses. Do they like Barbie dolls? Find books about Barbie dolls. If that doesn’t work, what else do they like. Do they like comics? Then let them read comic books. The point is that you are getting them to read. It doesn’t matter what.
- Read to them. Again it doesn’t matter what. I know some fathers who read handy books because that is what they are interested in. My husband is one of them. My daughter did not notice what he read. Only that he was reading.
- Have books around the house to be read. Be willing to sit down with them and discuss the book. If they have questions, find the answers. If it’s not in the book, then look it up in the computer or get a dictionary.
- Make sure that the books that your child reads is appropriate to their age group.
- Go to the library with your child. The library has lots of activities. I personally have found that most kids like to read to dogs. Why you ask? Because dogs can’t make fun of their reading. They just sit and listen. It’s an awesome party.
- Send them to summer reading camp. Are you aware that there is a Reading Camp in Northern Kentucky? It’s all day. The kids have an absolute blast. Kids have to have reading problems. They have to be in the 2nd grade to the 4th grade. You can find more information about their program here. They did not just read at the camp. They went horseback riding, rock climbing, swimming and etc. My daughter went last year and I highly recommend it.
Last but not least, make learning to read fun. Create games or silly faces to go with stories. Show them its fun to learn. This month is the National Book Month. Celebrate your child’s abilities by reading a book or listening to them read to you.