Our Most Important Asset – Readers & Leaders Of Tomorrow
Here at SuccessPenPal, we understand that children are our most important asset, hence why it’s vital that we invest heavily in their education because they’re our future. Regardless if you’re a parent, or teacher, most people involved with children typically look for new methodologies that’ll help children become more effective at learning.
In fact, most people naturally rely on their own learning experiences to help children learn. The thought process here is if those learning techniques worked for you, then it should also work for your children. Although this approach is not completely incorrect, it does however, limit the learning based on your own experiences. Plus, what if your child doesn’t learn exactly in the same way that you did because of different personality traits, cultural experiences, etc? With this in mind, it’s crucial that people continue to explore and incorporate different methods for educating our children.
So what are some different methods for educating our children? Recent research data from childhood experts indicate that people could setup their children for literacy success by:
- Start teaching children to read and write early in life and ensure that this process is ongoing.
- Reading and writing are interrelated processes that develop together with learning to talk so speaking with children is also crucial.
- Teach children to read and write by participating in activities that have meaning in their daily life.
- Be responsive to children when they ask questions pertaining to schoolwork because their hungry minds are constantly yearning to learn.
- Read to children daily because family storybook readings have been proven to play an integral and unique role in the literacy development of children.
To illustrate, let’s focus on reading since nothing else affects a child’s future as much as reading. As we’re aware, all other schoolwork depends heavily on the ability to read fluently and with understanding. By becoming fluent readers, children will not only realize that the rest of their schoolwork will be easier but also that reading could be fun and rewarding. That reading is not a bitter pill to swallow but a gourmet meal to be enjoyed and savored.
So how do you shift a child’s paradigm about reading in an effort to increase their chances of reading success? The answer is simple – read aloud to them. This is why storybook reading is one of the most vital ingredient for children’s becoming successful readers. With this in mind, here are some suggestions:
- Start reading to your child as soon as possible – the younger, the better.
- Read as often as possible and set aside specific times daily for storybook reading – recommendation is to read once each morning and once prior to bedtime.
- Begin with picture books and gradually work your way to storybooks, novels, etc.
- Lead by example by being patient and fostering an active environment for your child’s curiosity and learning.
- Read only books that you and your child enjoy and show them how much fun reading can be.
- Do your best to use plenty of expressions, such as changing your tone and slowing down during suspenseful parts, when reading since these strategies have been proven to help with literacy development for children.
- Ensure that you occasionally read above your child’s intellectual level in an effort to stimulate their minds further, and always have some time afterwards for questions and discussions.
In the end, practice makes perfect. So spend some time daily to invest in our most important asset and help our readers become leaders of tomorrow. The more time that we spend educating our children, the brighter our future will be.