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Fun ways to read with your children

 
Parents who read to their kids help to create readers.
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Article originally in Parent24
Reading doesn’t always have to be limited to school. help2read, a non-profit organisation focusing on literacy in primary schools, highly advises that parents form the habit of reading with their children at home to make reading a pleasurable learning experience.

To ensure that reading is fun, choose books that are of interest to your child. Make reading a priority by setting time aside, whether it’s during the evenings or weekends. The power of the parent-child bond will have a positive effect on your child’s self-esteem.

Books and bonding

“The biggest motivator for a child is often as simple as knowing that their parent is involved in their life and is rooting for them to succeed,” says Candice Swart, regional manager of help2read.

Install a love for reading and don’t limit your reading to just books. Candice shares some tips on how to make reading more fun for your children:
  • Open a book on any page and ask your child to read that page. Make them guess how the book ends or how it begins and then read the entire book to see how the story really turns out.
  • Books are fabulous, encourage your children to create and write their own books with blank pieces of paper as this will help improve their sentence construction and creativity. Fun topics to write about include toys, colours, shapes, numbers, days of the week, smells, pets and their family.
  • During breakfast, ask your child to read the text on the cereal box, perhaps even create words with the letters or construct stories or sentences using the images on the box. 
  • Another way to make reading more fun at home is to have your child help with cooking and actually read the recipe aloud to you as you cook.
Be a good role model to your kids and let them see you read. Share your excitement when you enjoy a good book as this will encourage them to do the same. It is also a great idea to boost your child’s confidence by giving them incentives when they do well, rewards can be in the form of gold stars. Keep a record sheet with all the stars they have accumulated, this might also motivate your child to do better in order to collect more stars.

help2read is proud to announce a joint venture with the Michelle McLean Children Trust in Namibia. The NGO has partnered with the Namibian business woman and television presenter to roll out its English literacy programme in that country.

help2read recruits and trains volunteers and places them with primary schools where teachers have identified children who struggle with reading. Volunteers assist the children with their reading and help them towards becoming confident readers. Funding remains one of the greatest challenges for help2read. Donations from sponsors, no matter how big or small, whether it is money, books or board games would be appreciated.

If you want to become a donor or volunteer, contact help2read on (011) 026 2663 or email gauteng@help2read.org. Visit www.help2read.org for more information.

Do you read with your children regularly?

 
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