Home And Reading
A word can be uttered in just a fraction of a second, but when it begins to reverberate inside a person it can have an awful lot of meanings. Similarly, the word, “home,” can be a place where we are free to be ourselves, where we begin to connect the pieces of our being. Yet, home can also be a person – the very people that have seen us in our best, and our worst, the people who have been there from the very start.
Whenever the word, “home,” comes into mind I would begin to think of my parents. My parents have always been there for me. They taught me how to grow holistically as a daughter, as a student, and as a person. One of the skills that they really invested in is the skill of reading. My parents knew that the ripened time for learning how to read is when a child is fairly young and they were determined to help me.
My parents were often inquisitive when I was a young child. They often asked me about my preferences, my feelings, and my experiences. As I grew, I learned the process of communication – that it’s important to listen, as it is important to speak.
Listening and speaking are elements that lay out the foundation for reading. Oral language is crucial, for when a child begins to learn the sounds, the words, and the rules of a certain jargon they will find it much more easier to learn how to read.
At the crucial moments of a child’s growth it would be helpful to talk, to sing, or to play games in order for a child to become familiar with the different sounds, the different words, and how they are used in a certain language. Once they learn these things, they would be able to follow along when they are read certain rhymes or storybooks.
In the same way, my parents often made time for reading everyday. They established a routine wherein they would read me one storybook before I went to bed. It was something I looked forward to. I loved looking at the different caricatures, pictures etched upon the pages, and hearing my mum or dad’s different impersonations of the characters in the story.
Somehow, I learned how to value reading through their nightly efforts. I inherited my love for books and stories from both of my parents. Reading aloud is actually one of the best methods for a child to develop a love for reading. By experiencing reading first hand will give them the want or need to read by themselves in the future.
In conclusion, the home can help the child develop their fluency in reading. The songs, the rhymes, the warm little talks, and the read-aloud sessions often map out the road for a child’s love for reading. In this way, the home can build an experience and language base that will make it easier for a child to learn how to read.
It’s not the big things that matter, but the small things that our parents do for us that truly make an impact in our lives.
Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth. (2001). Helping Your Child Learn To Read, A Parent’s Guide. Retrieved from http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/docs/parents/learn/read.pdf