The two most important things every parent wants for their kids is to be happy and healthy. But for me, the very next priority is to ensure my children are smart. It is a daily struggle to make sure I am preparing them for school and giving them the tools they need to read and write, while at the same time allowing them to lead a normal childhood filled with fun and games. So how does a parent get their child ready for school without pushing them too hard? It’s all about prioritising which subjects are the most important to you. You’ll find that most parents will tell you to focus on reading and I am definitely one of them.
I did my fair share of research in order to prepare myself for the undertaking of getting my kids ready to read. In most articles I came across, it was clear that language skills are more important than visual skills. This is great news for parents like me, who have a hard time getting their kids to stand still let alone sit down with a book to attempt to read on their own. And thankfully language skills are a fun, easy thing to work on with your kids. The first thing you can do is try to improve your child’s vocabulary; reading comes much easier to children that have Centre a wide vocabulary. And that’s the exciting part as a parent. Your child’s vocabulary is greatly improved upon with conversation document collaboration tools. So take time to have “child-centred” conversations that challenge your child’s critical thinking and forcethem to think in a more complex manner. Reading to your child is another great way to get them excited about the idea of doing it themselves, while at the same time improving their vocabulary and thinking skills. Singing and rhyming are also great ways to keep your child interested and engaged in learning to read. The most important thing to remember is to make time for it. The more frequently you work on it, the more comfortable your child feels with new words and ideas, which will give them the confidence they need to grab a book and get lost in a story all on their own.