As parents, we all want our little ones to succeed in everything that they do. One of the ways we can do that is to help them learn to read as early as possible. Not only will your child enjoy the satisfaction of being able to read on her own, but also you’ll get to wear your proud mom smile whenever she reads a sign, menu, or card out in public. Using a few simple activities, you can help her learn to read in record time!
1. Picture/Word Association
This is a technique used by many early reader books as well as television shows, but you can also use it around the house. Make up signs for things that your child uses often and, before long, she will be associating the things in her life with the words that she reads on the signs. Use your child’s favorite colors and pictures to make the signs even more appealing. For instance, take a picture of her favorite shirts and put it on the drawer where her shirts are kept with a label that reads “shirts.”
2. The Car Game
There are signs and storefronts all over the roads that you travel with your child every day. Each one has pictures or other things that show what is inside. While you’re stopped at a red light or when you arrive at your destination, point out the signs and have your child read them. Of course, this could always backfire when she sees the signs for “doctor’s office” and “dentist,” but by then you’ll already be there.