Reading and writing underpin what education is all about, both in its earliest stages and beyond. Both are the fundamental keystones to learning, and without being effective at both disciplines children can quickly fall behind in school. The statistics on school leavers who are still unable to read and write effectively are alarming. While the basics are covered in early years, there is often little time for catch up for those who don’t immediately understand the teaching methods or material.
As a parent, one of the most beneficial things you can do to your child’s life at an early stage is to immerse them in reading and writing. This should support the work done by your child’s school. Giving your child the tools to read and write effectively at home can help inspire a passion for language, one which will stand them in good stead both now and in the future.
Better readers tend to perform better academically in the round. While parents can be a massive influence on how a child reads and writes, additional tutoring can also be of benefit here, whether provided inside or outside a tutoring center. Education providers such as Huntington academic solutions work with children to develop these core skills, supplementary to school and home tuition, for the best possible chance of success.
But at home, how can parents inspire a love of reading and writing in their child, and can this help build language skills?
Engaging Your Child With Reading
Reading and writing does not have to be a boring pursuit for your child, nor should it feel like work. If your child is not willing to sit down and read, it may be because the subject matter hasn’t captured their interest. For young kids, the thought of a heart-warming tale of friendship might be less appealing than the prospect of a book about monsters, for example.
Finding the point of engagement in reading for your child can be an excellent start. Try to find an author, a series or even a subject (fiction or non-fiction) that your child will enjoy reading. So long as the text is ability-appropriate and interesting, you should find it less difficult to encourage your child to read it.
A good starting point for those with younger kids is a trip to the library. Libraries are a fantastic way of making learning fun, and your kids will look forward to visiting the library and choosing books if you make it a fun, family event. Reading to your children and involving yourself in their choice of books makes this more engaging from the outset, and will captivate the child’s interest more directly than most school work. It is in these moments that parents can have a significant impact on how effective their child performs at school and beyond, so you should seize these opportunities while they exist.
Writing Skills Development
Writing skills are equally as important as reading skills, if not more so for exams and future study. While being able to read is important for comprehending and understanding information, those who can express themselves more eloquently in writing will have a life advantage over their peers. From applying for jobs and CVs through to high school exams and essays for university, the skills of effective writing are essential for children as they grow up. Beyond merely the formation of words and letters, spelling and grammar, it is the understanding of language your child needs to succeed.
Reading is a large part of this, and building up to reading a diversity of materials will help improve your child’s lingual aptitude. Beyond that, you should set your child specific writing tasks and challenges during their home time. Ask your child to write a birthday card, a thank you note, a letter to a family member, a story, a newspaper article – anything that they will find engaging as a task that involves working closely with language. By working through the results and making helpful suggestions for improvement, you can directly mold your child’s language skills for more effective results.
Ability in reading and writing is essential for any child to succeed academically. For a parent, the right approach to guiding and improving your child’s abilities is necessary to delivering their potential. More active, interested parents tend to have more effective children who perform better at school and beyond. As such, it is up to you to make the difference, and to find ways of delivering better engagement and familiarity with language for your child.