When it comes to children, you will want to do everything in your power to help them learn properly. You wouldn’t expect a child to learn well if the instructor doesn’t do their job. As a parent, you are the number one instructor. You will be guiding your children to learning through proper help. In this article, you will learn some tips to help make the most of your time with your child.
Teach Them Skills
Your children will learn through sound association called phonemic awareness. This may sound like a complicated process, but it is actually quite simple. You start by helping a child to rhyme with a word. For example, you can teach “and” plus all the words that rhyme with it. This will help to solidify phonemic association which is an important part of learning. There are actually around ten skills associated with literacy, but if you don’t start somewhere with practical tips, you will be overwhelmed. Some additional tips are highlighted in the following infographic:
Show Them How it’s Done
Imagine looking at a piece of paper with words for the first time. Is it any wonder that kid’s books have pictures and words scattered everywhere. They don’t learn sentences overnight. More than that though, they don’t even know the order in which to read. You need to show them that it’s left to right, top to bottom. While this may seem more than counter intuitive, you need to learn this in order to succeed. So before you hop into sentences, make sure you explain why everything is laid out on the page in the manner that it is. You can start this process before they go to school when they are three to four.
Be a Precise Teacher
The literacy process does not happen overnight. You need to be detailed in your instructions, down to what you might consider minute. For example, you will need to probably not only explain what each letter of the alphabet does, but actually trace it out with your finger. This way, you will start with them too on writing. When they learn the tracing process, you are also showing them how they will later write the letter with a pencil. You should always err on the side of more detail.
When I was applying for a job to teach English to Chinese students, I sent in my first interview and they wanted to see another one. In my error, I thought they must want something more simplistic since the children were young. However, they rejected my second video and told me that I was not a good fit. If I had kept on the vein of being more detailed, I believe they would have been happier with my second interview video. I learned the hard way that going into detail even with every letter, is imperative.
We want to do the reading and writing process right with our children, but sometimes, we need a head start or a reading method. You will find that the above tips will prepare you in many ways to be a better instructor when the reading time is right.