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Early childhood learning article: Create young readers by Jeannette Rowe
 

Creating young readers

 

by Jeannette Rowe, an award winning author and Young Readers Program ambassor

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I have been creating children’s picture books for 20 years. Before I became a book creator I was a primary school teacher and curriculum writer. So I have always been interested in children and how they learn.
 
Through the Young Readers Program I hope to share the importance of books and reading to your children. Learning to read begins well before we reach school.
 
Before our children reach school they have already learnt how to… play, speak, crawl, walk, climb, build things, draw, paint, make a mess, clean it up, use the toilet, sing, dance, play an electronic game, operate the TV remote, ride a bike, swim, skip, balance, run and jump, and drive us crazy asking questions.
 
How do they do this? They are simply geniuses, eager to learn, unlimited in imagination, with memories like little elephants and sometimes tempers to match.
 
They have learned these things because they have been ready. Either you have taken the time to teach them or they have simply taught themselves, having been given the opportunities and support to have a go. And all this before they even go to school. They learn more in the 5 years before they go to school than in any other time in their life because they are developmentally ready.
 
Kids need three things to help them become great readers.
 
> Early Book Play = Provide your child with early exposure, play and access to books to encourage reading enjoyment, knowledge and skills.
 
> Home Reading Skills and Support = Provide general support in language, physical and creative development, by encouraging your children to…
* speak, look and listen,
* point, name and read
* draw, paint, build, and pretend
* roll, crawl, walk, run skip and climb
* sing, dance and clap
* Explore, experience and PLAY.
 
> Daily Reading Opportunities = Read to your child everyday. Provide access to books and create supportive environments to develop great habits and positive attitudes to reading.
 

1. Book Play

Book play is exactly that, allowing your child to learn about books through play and being read to. From the moment your child can hear your voice, you can begin reading aloud to them and speak to them often. Don’t be afraid to have long conversations with your baby. They may not know what you are saying, but they will know and recognize your voice and start to learn to listen and look for you.

 
Looking, and listening are great pre-reading skills and also bring comfort and reassurance to your baby. The moment your baby can grasp a book, it will learn to play and explore how it tastes and feels. There are loads of books made especially for babies. By 3 months Babies see and recognize shapes, people and objects, by 6 months babies are starting to see colours. Books are fascinating to young babies. ‘Book Play’ and being read to, helps children understand what books are for and helps them associate books with comfort, fun and enjoyment.
 

2. Home Reading Skills and Support

Home skills are the life skills children learn at home before they go to school, that contribute to making them great readers eg

  • Learning to speak, listen, look and focus.
  • Learning to sing and dance, clap and mimic
  • Repeating rhymes and stories
  • Pretending to read a book to your toys
  • Playing pretend and dress ups
  • Building cubby houses and cars out of cardboard boxes
  • Playing memory games and I spy
  • Spotting the road sign, Working out what traffic lights mean,
  • Naming things,
  • Learning Letter names and sounds
  • Guessing and predicting games
  • Drawing and painting
  • Playing in the park
  • Playing word games at the supermarket
  • Hunting and finding colours at the supermarket
  • Learning balance skills and playing with balls
  • Asking questions and telling stories
  • Reading books, helps to recognize letters and words
 
Really ‘Home Reading Skills’ are all the things you instinctively do to give our kids basic oral and physical and creative skills and experiences. These sorts of early experiences are all vital to learning to read well.
 

3. Daily Reading Opportunities

Read to your children everyday. Provide access to books at home and anywhere they can be fun. Books are portable; take them with you wherever you go.

Make regular reading times and reading habits at home.
  • Read in the bath (bath books are great)
  • Read before naps and bedtime (books can be settling)
  • Read on the couch in the sun
  • Read in the garden or at the park
  • Read on the bus or the train
  • Read at the doctors waiting room
  • Read just for fun.
  • Go to the library, make your own little library at home, buy books for presents,
  • Read your own books in front of your child.
  • Read books online. Download Ebooks,
  • Make your own books at home, with paper and a stapler.
  • Show that you value books and reading and make reading part of your family routine
 

Remember children learn books and reading are valuable from you, their parents, family and friends. Reading should never be a race to see how fast your child can learn to read, it should always be about play, pleasure and positive reading experiences. Learning to read and learning to love reading is vital for all of us. Being able to read not only opens the doors to learning but also brings confidence, self esteem, health, self-determination, tolerance and pleasure to our lives. Books change our lives.

 

READING TIPS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

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Early childhood learning article: tips for young readers, Jeannette Rowe

READING TIPS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

 

by Jeannette Rowe, an award winning author and Young Readers Program ambassor

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Preschoolers range in age from babies to 5 years. They grow and change incredibly in that time. So here are ten tips on reading and choosing books for each stage of your preschool child’s growth.

 

TEN TIPS ON READING TO YOUR BABY
  • Find books that are suitable for babies to play with.
  • Let your baby grab and touch the books
  • Babies put things in their mouths so watch out for sharp edges.
  • Choose, board, fabric, bath and strong card books.
  • Read and point to the pictures, smile and cuddle.
  • Stop when your baby is tired or restless.
  • Choose books that are bright, with simple pictures and few words.
  • Babies love books with animals. Point and make animal noises.
  • Talk to your baby often and takes books with your everywhere.
  • Read to your baby everyday
 
TEN TIPS ON READING TO YOUR TODDLER
  • Read everyday to your child
  • Make reading story time special. Cuddle up and get comfortable.
  • Choose engaging interactive book formats eg flaps, tabs, puzzles
  • When they are old enough let them choose their favourite books
  • Have fun reading. Make funny voices, sound effects and actions.
  • Chat with your child about the story and characters.
  • Point to familiar things and name them. Play hunt and find.
  • Visit your library’s regular story times and borrow books
  • Buy books for special presents, Birthdays and Christmas
  • Re read your child’s favourite stories again and again.
 
TEN TIPS ON READING TO YOUR KINDER CHILD
 
  • The written word is everywhere. Look for words all around you.
  • Read signs and labels, shop names and bus adds, shopping lists etc
  • Play I spy games and make reading fun and useful
  • Continue to read picture story books everyday with your child
  • Encourage your child take charge of the book when they want to
  • Continue to talk about the stories, point to the pictures
  • Name the letters words start with and get to know their sounds.
  • Read rhyming stories and sing songs and nursery rhymes
  • Play rhyming games. What rhymes with ‘MUM?”
  • Create enjoyable reading routines, remember reading is not a race.
  • Your child will read when they are ready.

 

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