EARLY ACHIEVERS CSR WORKSHOP

How To Teach Children To Learn How To Read?

It gives a nostalgic feeling to when you were young – during your childhood days. When all that matters was when you could play with your friends and which toy are you going to play with today? It also reflected back the struggles you faced when for the first time – you learned how to read.

The Early Achievers CSR Workshop which focused on How To Teach Children To Learn How To Read?, was held at the Achievers Platform at Worldwide Business Park for parents, teachers and care-takers of young ones.

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Participants of the Early Achievers CSR Workshop eagerly awaiting the speaker.

The goal of the workshop was to bring awareness to those dealing with young ones on the different reading methods. It gets them to understand the new techniques and not to force upon the older reading techniques alone. This is no longer applicable or relevant for the younger generation.

It also gives an understanding from the child’s point-of-view on the difficulties they face during the process of reading as well as what interest them best to continue reading. It shares about the different characteristics that a child possesses which is well explained through some very interesting and mind-blowing practical activities. It gives people the chance to be in the child’s shoes and what it feels like to be them.

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Florencia, owner of Early Achievers, explains how to apply the new reading methods to teachers.

Florencia, the proud owner of Early Achievers and the writer of the ‘Mum, I Can Now Read!’ books was highly enthusiastic to share her experiences in teaching kids and how they will learn how to read. To her, reading is important not only because one can get to know a language better but more importantly to acquire knowledge.

“Some of the stories in ‘Mum, I Can Now Read!’ not only help kids in their path towards learning how to read, but it also plants a seed in the child to start thinking.”

Thinking skills is something we all want our kids to develop and Early Achievers does that best through their various collections of stories and workbooks.

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Participants of workshop with the ‘Mum, I Can Now Read’ books.

OUR DRIVING FORCE

Many children are merely reading when asked to read and they are generally not keen in reading on their own.

Children should enjoy reading. There are two aspect in reading which every child must learn to appreciate and form a habit in reading.

The two aspects in reading are

i) interesting stories; and
ii) reading informative or knowledgeable facts.

Reading stories will help improve children’s conversational skills.

Whereas reading informative or knowledgeable facts will help build a child’s knowledge and intellectual skills.

It’s our aim to ensure that as children learn how to read, they also develop an interest to keep on reading.

IMPORTANT ASPECTS EVERY EDUCATOR MUST KNOW BEFORE TEACHING CHILDREN HOW TO READ

1) The Child’s Ability to Understand Language

Try reading a text from a legal digest or a text from a medical digest. If you have no legal or medical background you will not want to read as you do not understand what you are reading.

Similarly children will appreciate reading if they understand the language. site generator Otherwise, you are merely forcing them to read and this will certainly develop a dislike in reading.

Therefore before teaching a child to read, that child must have the ability to understand the language.

2) Eyesight

Children may have difficulty in reading if they have a very bad eye sight.

Get that checked!

3) Dyslexia

Dyslexia is generally defined as a learning disability that impairs a person’s fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read.

Dyslexia is a language-based disability that interferes with the learning and processing of language. Individuals with dyslexia often have difficulty processing and comprehending spoken language, and expressing themselves verbally.

Dyslexia: A specific developmental disability that alters the way the brain processes written material.

It generally causes defects in the brain’s ability to process graphic symbols such as the letter in an alphabet

The effects of dyslexia vary from one child to another.

The only common trait among people with dyslexia is that they read at levels significantly lower than people of their age and intelligence.

Dyslexia is NOT reading retardation. It CAN be treated.

Treatment of dyslexia should be directed to the specific learning problems of the affected individual.

Educators can teach children with dyslexia by modifiying teaching methods and the educational environment to meet the specific needs of the child.

Parents or guardian who suspect that their child has learning disabilities may seek medical advice before wrongfully concluding that their child have dyslexia. site analysis

HOW TO TEACH A CHILD TO UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE?

Firstly, speak to the child using simple words or by showing pictures or using simple sentences. (this depends on the child’s age as well)

Gradually, let the child repeat these words or sentences.

This will help the child to start having conversation in English.

Secondly, read short stories.

For beginners, you may start with short and simple to understand stories.

Keep reading these stories a few times. The more the child keeps hearing these words, the more words they begin to understand.

There are no shortcuts in teaching children to read.

The ability to understand the language is important. Parents and Educator must focus on this aspect as well.

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THE SEQUENCE IN LEARNING TO READ

Have you wandered how babies learn?

Firstly, when a baby is born, the baby only listens.

Even though babies can’t speak, as they grow older they understand or rather sense what we are saying. In other words, it is the ‘natural instinct’ for babies to ‘figure out’ the meaning of the words heard.

That is how babies or toddler understand the meaning of simple words like “come here”, “don’t go there” and “eat this” so on.

When learning to read, listening skills are very important.

Listening skills will help to develop the child’s ability to understand the language.

Once children understand the language, reading is then very easy.

They then learn to make sounds and gradually they would try to repeat the words they have heard before. With this they learn to speak.

Thereafter, they can recognize pictures, letters in an alphabets or words.

In other words, a child’s natural learning sequence are as follows :-

Listen (then) Speak (then) Read.

In learning to read, this sequence is equally important.

The Best Approach In Reading

The best approach in teaching children how to read is by combining both the Phonics and Look & Read method.

In ‘Mom, I Can Now Read’ program, both Phonics and Look & Read method is used to teach children how to read words. However, words alone do not make any sense. Hence, to make reading interesting and easy, these words are used in Stories & Rhymes.

As children gradually learn to read, the speed at which they read is important. Reading fast will help children to understand what they are reading. To help children read fast, Word Recognition and Rapid Read activities are gradually introduced.

Phonics does play an important role in learning to read. However, to get better results, it is best to combine with other methods.

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What is the big deal about the Look and Read Method or the traditional method ?

This is a very conventional method in fact many of us have learned to read using this method. With this method , the teacher reads out and the child will repeat after her.

This method is effective because when children read a text generally they understand the message in the text. Unlike learning to read words as reading words alone do not make any sense.

However there are minor drawbacks in using the traditional method.

Firstly it takes a long time to learn. Only limited words are taught to the child at a time. The text or the passage must have a continuation and the same words will have to be repeated. Secondly some children find it very hard to follow this method. Thirdly this method can be boring because the story lacks mystery or suspense . As the text gets longer and longer children may lose focus on the new words that is being introduced.

However this method of teaching is still nevertheless the best methods if the parents and Educators know when to use it and how to use it.

What is the big deal about PHONICS?

Teaching children how to read can be challenging. These days many pre-schools and schools are using “phonics” method to help children learn to read.

Phonics helps children to recognize certain words easily and this can help them to read independently.

However NOT ALL WORDS can be read using the phonics method. Only common and regular words can be read using the Phonics method. The disadvantage here is children will find it confusing when they read irregular words like “busy”, “one” and “you”.

Further when children depend on Phonics they will begin to decode (breaking up the letter before reading) the words. Example to read the word good . This can cause slow reading. Slow reading can cause lack of comprehension.

Alternative to the Phonics method, is the Look & Read method (where the teacher says the word and the child will repeat after her).

How to encourage READING HABIT?

How to Encourage Reading?

Now that you know why some kids don’t like to read Here are some ways to turn a young reader’s reluctance in reading into enthusiasm:

ü Habit & Time

Do not expect your child to like reading instantly. It takes time to form a habit in reading. Start with 5 minutes of reading time then gradually increase to 10min and more.

 

ü Interact about the article read

This will help the child to formulate question while reading. This will help the child to stay focus on the subject and minimize distraction and prevent the child’s mind from wandering.

As for babies and toddler they will not be able to interact. Nevertheless reading to babies and toddler will definitely develop a positive attitude and habit in reading.

 

ü Get interesting Reading book

When introducing children to the world of book , scout for book that your child will be interested in. If your child likes cars get books that have write-ups about cars. As you gradually move on also introduce book with stories that has humour and mystery.

For early readers start reading stories with humour. This will make the educator and the child appreciate the humour. To give you an example

This story can be found in the Mum, I can now read programme. It is simple to understand , allows the teacher to interact with the child and explain that the clown could not find his horn. merely because the clown could not see the horn which was left on his head. You can also interact and explain that our eyes has limited visibility.

Stories such as these are important for early readers because unconsciously it gives children pleasure in reading and develops their curiosity in wanting to learn more.

 

As your child gets deeper into reading introduce books written by great and famous writers. This will help your child to look forward in getting books written by their favorite writer or books with interesting titles.

 

There are three types of reading material :-

a) Reading for pleasure ;
b) Reading to attain knowledge ;
c) Reading for motivation and self-development purposes.

These three areas of reading should be introduced to every child. This will help them to know and learn how to choose reading material of their choice in the future.

 

ü Library or bookstore

Take your children to the library or bookstore regularly.

 

ü Bed time stories

Bed time stories are the best. It is best to start this habit in babies. In fact it can become a routine to read before going to bed. .

ü Limit television time and increase reading time.

ü Reading together

Children like to follow what adults do. Reading together helps bonding with your child.

ü Let them Read:

This will help beginners in reading. When you have read a book a few times, you can then ask your child to read a simple part of the text. This helps in giving the child a sense of importance in being able to read for you .