Every parent has been there. They try to get their little one to stay put and read a book but this harmless activity quickly turns into a nightmare when your little one starts to fret and cry and then even proceed to throw the most effective temper tantrum they can muster which would ultimately make you want to consider burning not just this book but all the books that lie around your house. However before you turn into an arsonist let me tell you that you can make your child enjoy and even fall in love with reading if you do it the right way.
Make it enjoyable
Children hate activities that are boring and time consuming. Reading can tick both boxes quite easily if done the traditional way thus making it an activity that a child will loathe. Therefore try to make it enjoyable for your child. Make reading an interactive and fun experience. Read out aloud for your child and when doing so use a bit of theatrics to get your child to immerse themselves in the story they are being read. Think of yourself as an actor in a play and don’t just say dialogues, express them. Change your voice depending on the character and include sound effects when it is possible. Include your child too, by showing them a line and reading it out for them in character and then getting them to repeat the line. This would make the activity of reading enjoyable and interesting for your little one.
Reading like other skills can be introduced to your child in the early years of their lives. If you show them the letters and corresponding sounds when they are still toddlers, they would store the visual representation of the letter and its sound in their memory, later when they are taught language they would find it easier to read as they already have the foundations of the language stored. If you feel that you could use a bit of help when trying to instill the basics of language in your toddler’s mind, you can always get the help of a professional. There are many places that offer professional help to encourage the love of reading in your child. There are places that offer phonics and reading programme Singapore for your child which follow a proven systematical method of teaching your child to read.
So reading does not to have be an activity filled with tears and temper tantrums. It can instead be one filled with joy and happiness if done well.