Reading is an essential habit, that should be developed in all. Reading is an interesting hobby too. Kids may be more interested in watching TV or playing games, but if they are introduced to reading at a younger age, they may start to practice and accept it as their favorite hobby.
Reading has a pivotal role in the all round development of a child. First, they are getting familiar with the letters and new words, slowly their vocabulary is increased, they may start to learn new ideas and concepts and by getting older they might have earned a vast knowledge on many topics. Reading should be both deep and wide. Reading only story books may not be enough, it many help to acquire good vocabulary and sentence structure. Such readers may be good in communication;with strong power on words and the language. But, they won’t be competent in general and current affairs.
Parents can help the kids to start reading from the tender age, first, big picture books are enough, with that, they may be getting acquainted with the letters and they will learn the names of animals, birds, fruits and vegetables. Slowly, when the kid gets 4 years old, parents can read stories for them. Sitting with the child and spending time with them are really exciting for the kids, it will surely boost their confidence.By the age of 6, give them story books, that contain big pictures and letters. Practice them to read aloud, so that, parents can correct, if there is any mistakes. They may not be able to understand the story; make them read aloud and explain it to them. Daily 20 minutes reading on both morning and evening is enough for a child of 6 or 7 years.
By the age of 8, kids will be interested to know, what is happening around them, prompt them to read the news paper to keep abreast with the current affairs. Make it a habit to read the newspaper daily, not the full paper, only the front page is enough for kids. Nursery Classics like, ‘Puss in Boots and other fairy tales’ are good for kids, it is simple for them to read and grasp the story. Usually, kids like to hear and read fairy tales, so give those books for their first reading. Slowly, they will be able to select books for themselves. It is really appreciable that, they are utilizing their valuable time preciously.