Reading to your child when he or she is younger and then later on reading with them is very important. Not only for the child but for you as well, specially when your aim is to improve a language. In any language weather its Urdu, English or any other, reading plays a key part in mastering it.
Reading is also like any other thing that a child can learn to do. Some are naturally inclined towards reading and some children just need a little bit of guidance, a gentle push. Everyone is a reader. We read many things in our day to day existence, but we all like to read different things, different genres interest us, different topics spark our interests. Like the famous and my favorite author J.K. Rowling said,
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
When we take a child to a bookstore, we should be willing to help them in selecting the books which they find interesting or get excited about reading, even if its a picture book. Forcing them into reading books that interest us, or which we think are best for them may just totally put them off of reading. Our main aim should be to develop a love for reading in a child.
My kids always saw me reading while drinking tea, and from very early on they used to mimic me. They would take their glasses of milk and have open books in front of them, taking sips of milk and looking at the books even though they didn’t know how to read! Now-a-days they are like finishing books left right and center!
Reading and Understanding
Understanding what we have read is the important thing. Simply reading is not enough, we should be able understand and absorb the information as well. To me that’s the actual gist, the real point of reading.
Some ways we can help kids understand what they are reading is by asking them what is happening here or who is the character they are reading about. Try asking a question related to a color of something, if its mentioned in the book. A good part in understanding feelings and emotion is asking how the character is feeling. The important thing is to remember and discuss them, even if its in our native tongue.
Here is a little activity that I like to do with my kids once they are done reading a book.
It’s fun, they get to tell me their opinions and its not school work where they have to give the correct answers. Its just me getting to know what they liked about the book.
Get this free printable Free Book Review Activity here
Tell us what you think about our little activity. Would love to hear your suggestions, tips and tricks about reading books with your children.