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Tips On Teaching Kids How To Read At Every Age

How to read to children

Teaching kids how to read sparks interest and promotes greater learning at every age.

If you have come this far, you are certainly interested in encouraging the habit of reading at home because you know how important it is for children’s development. In a world with a tidal wave of stimuli and overexposure to information and digital screens, stopping to read a children’s book means creating a valuable magical moment for the  family.

This is for families with children of all ages: from toddlers to teenagers. However, each age group has its characteristics and relationship with reading. So it is essential to know how to make it enjoyable at each stage and how to create learning opportunities from books.

Next, you will have a better understanding of the benefits of reading and learn about tips on how to read for children of different ages.

The habit of reading during childhood

It is no secret that encouraging the habit of reading during childhood brings many benefits, both for the child’s cognitive development and for the family’s daily life.

Reading strengthens the bond between the child and those who read to them, providing a moment of physical and emotional connection in which they can exchange experiences.

At the same time, books encourage imagination and creativity by putting the child in contact with make believe worlds and realities that are different from theirs. For this very reason, books also encourage empathy.

Of course, reading is also very important for language development. Researchers from Barcelona carried out a study on the importance of reading aloud to children. They confirmed that listening to written stories provides learning that does not usually happen in everyday life.

Children who listen to stories have a richer vocabulary, a more complex language and are able to give more elaborate narratives as they develop. In addition, they have an easier time learning how to read and write, developing better reading comprehension and, consequently, having a better school performance.

This is a list of the main benefits of reading to children:

How to read to children at every age

There isn’t an exact age to learn to read, as well as there is no minimum or maximum age to encourage reading. This is a habit that can start even before the child is born, and reading together as a family can continue after the child has become an independent reader.

Tips on how to make reading more pleasurable, interesting and stimulating at each age:

Reading to babies up to 2 years old

Since pregnancy, the baby can identify sounds and create memories of the tone of voice of those who interact with them. Therefore, reading books aloud at this stage is a way to promote this contact, producing different sounds from those of everyday life.

Babies can already start to interact with books to gain familiarity with objects and it is important to stimulate reading as part of the routine, as well as feeding and bedtime rituals.

Reading to children from 3 to 5 years old

In this phase, children are very curious and like to predict things, so they ask to read the same story several times. They are already able to repeat the sentences and participate more actively when reading, choosing books, and to ask questions about what happens in the story. They even manage to retell the story in their own way. So it is a great time to keep reading to children so that this habit will be part of their life forever.

Reading to children from 6 to 8 years old

In this age group the child is in a phase full of imagination, creativity and energy. The literacy process allows the child’s first autonomous readings – a special and very remarkable moment! Now more than ever, reading is a great ally for new learners.

Reading to 9 years old and over

At the age of 9 to 12, the child’s relationship with reading changes a lot. As they are already completely literate, it is common to think that we no longer need to read to them. However, there lies the problem.

This is a time when many children lose the habit of reading, because despite reading the books required by the school, they no longer see this habit as pleasant. So, what can we do to prevent this from happening?

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Reading is indeed a way to learn and develop essential skills, both for school performance and life. However, as adults and mediators for children, the best we can do to encourage their passion for reading is to show that stories are a fantastic fantasy land, filled with imagination and dreams. If children see books as doors to different worlds from an early age, in which they can live endless experiences, it is very unlikely that this interest will be lost over the years.

Did you like the tips? Share in the comments what you do at home to encourage the habit of reading.

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