STORIES are so much fun for our young learners. They love listening to stories if you make it a fun-filled experience for them and not just a reading session. You can teach the children any concepts through stories, hence get started with colourful storybooks to get their attention.

Benefits of reading books daily to your children:

● Builds a child’s vocabulary.
● They use the new words in their daily conversation.
● Builds confidence while communicating in front of an audience.
● Read and write independently, as they will be able to identify the words from daily reading.
● Enhance their thinking skills.
● Develop their own perspective and respect others’ opinion.
● Get creative in their own imagination and stimulate curiosity.
HOW TO START WITH READING BOOKS WITH YOUR KIDS?

Few steps to guide you on how you can start with reading storybooks with your kids.

STEP 1: CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOOK
It is always better to have a physical storybook than to read online storybooks. So that the children get hands on building their vocabulary and become independent readers when you are not around. The physical storybooks also give them a chance to mark or underline the words they are curious to know about.
The books you choose to read should have a large to medium size font with pictures in it to get their attention. It should be age-appropriate or according to the readiness of the child’s reading level.
Slowly increase the level of reading by having books with more than one sentence on each page. You will know when to increase the level of reading. When your child shows his/her readiness to read by identifying letter sounds and familiar words, even read a sentence fluently.

STEP 2: SET UP A READING CORNER
Set up a reading corner for your kids. Use a small space or a corner of your house to keep it a dedicated reading corner of your house.
A reading corner can be a place for quiet reading or a read-aloud time for parents to spend time with the kids for reading their favourite stories. They can pretend to be ‘Authors’ to their own stories as they will be able to do creative writing and build their own stories using their imagination.

STEP 3: EXPLAIN THE PARTS OF A BOOK
If this is the first time you are reading a book to your child it’s always a good idea to start by showing them the parts of a book. This will help them to read a book in the right order and be organised while reading.

STEP 4: USE A POINTER AND VOICE MODULATION
Using a pointer helps children to keep track of their reading. You can use your pointer finger while reading books, looking at you using your pointer finger they would do the same when they read independently.

Author : Mildred Lazarus