All young children, yes all, love to read with the right guidance and motivation. Savvy parents begin reading to their unborn child. The child will recognize the cadence and expressions as the parents read stories. Children know what parents teach them. Teach your children that reading is a reward.
Get children more involved with reading as they grow. They will likely be able to point out pictures in the book before they can say the words. Praise for understanding and finding the right picture is all about rewarding comprehension. Your tone and reaction rewards the child. The activity and the bond are the reward.
One of the best books to get kids involved and at a young age is “Pete the Cat, I love my white shoes”. The book is written by Eric Litwin. It is a fantastic book. The child get’s to sing. The child gets to predict the outcome. At the very base level of reading the child understands, or comprehends and predicts the outcome.
Now Pete has a pair of white shoes and proceeds to step in things that change the color of the the white shoes that he loves. The book is very predictable and the childs learns much more than just what to expect on the next page. Conclusions are drawn and they get to sing and prove they understand what happened.
When you have read this book 1000 times and taped them reading it. When they have read it everyone in the house and you hate white shoes, reward the with another book. Pete the Cat and His 4 Groovy buttons. The child will love the book, sing, draw conclusions and sing.
Young readers don’t just like to read, they like to do. This is a great way for them to learn about comprehension and they enjoy it. The wolf says “He’ll huff and puff and blow the house down.” Build little houses of paper and let them huff and puff and blow the house down.
The invention of the story sack and the libraries that carry them are a great reading tool for young children. In fact, putting together their own story sack and taking it to Grandma’s house for a sleepover is an amazing reward for Grandparents and the child. It gives them an activity and bonding experience with a book and activities.
Dr. Seuss gives parents ample ammunition for reading comprehension rewards. “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” is a part of his Bright and Early Books. There are all geared toward children learning about comprehension.
In case you need a little more convincing that reading rewards the reader naturally, there are many activities that can turn reading into an event. In fact, Dr. Seuss has board games like “I Can do That”, Horton Hears a Who and you can rescue” and “The Grinch Sing Your Heart Out”. Play board games as the reward.
There are sorts of free computer games that are designed for comprehension and little hands. No one wants a child in front of a computer for hours a day, but ten minutes a day may be just enough time to make it special and a reward.
Be excited and involved in books with your young children and the rewards will not only be great, they will be self evident. Those strong bonds made over books never go away.