Articles

Helping your kids with reading

  • The sole responsibility of the teachers is to teach the kids; no doubt. However, for the kids to have a complete and total learning experience, parents too have a key role to play: they must complement the effort of the teachers. The after school hours and holiday times shouldn't be for playing/fun and visitations alone. These times should be judiciously used by parents to engage their kids, check their books, find out where they are lagging behind and put in productive efforts to complement the effort of the teachers.

    According to Andrejs Geske and Antra Ozola (“Factors influencing reading literacy at the primary school”, 2008): “Students reading literacy is substantially influenced by the collaboration of parents and children at the pre-school age…”

    Reading is one of the key components of education. The earlier kids start reading, the better for their educational growth and development. In this piece, let’s take a look at how parents can help make reading an exciting activity for their kids.

    Listen to your kids while they read (aloud)

    Let your kids read while you listen to him or her. Apart from the fact that your presence/listening will make them concentrate, it will also give them a sense of responsibility: like a storyteller telling you a story. While listening, don’t interrupt unnecessarily when they make mistakes, it will make the reading tedious. Rather, note all the mistakes and make corrections him at the end of the reading.

    Let them narrate/summarize the story for you after reading

    After reading the story, tell them to narrate the story to you. This is to test their understanding of the story and also to indirectly build their vocabulary and speech making skills as they subconsciously find the (appropriate) words to use while narrating the story.

    Ask them about the lessons learned from the story

    One of the main functions of literature is didacticism; literature teaches moral lessons. Asking about the lessons will make them recall and understand better the lessons entrenched in the texts. This will ensure that the kids not only build vocabulary with reading; they also build character—talk of killing two birds with a stone.

    Note the difficult words in the story and explain them with relevant examples

    This is also to facilitate the kids’ understanding of the story and build their vocabulary. You can also teach them how to use the dictionary to find the meanings of the highlighted difficult words.

Recent Articles

  • Stereotypes: Two sides of the coin

    Posted Jun 30

    Stereotypes. They are everywhere. They cut across colour, race, gender, economic status, educational background. Everything. More often than not, they are the first things we know before we even discover who we are. Stereotypes are the identities that other people give...

  • Drug abuse in northern Nigeria: Challenges and way forward

    Posted Jun 30

    As a country that brags about its morality and takes pride in cultural and religious practices, Nigeria sure has a lot of vices to count on its fingers. Drug abuse is a leading problem and one of the most dangerous sources of destruction for the youths, especially the n...

  • Gender disparity begins at home

    Posted Jun 23

    UNICEF data shows that girls, mostly between the ages of 5-14 spend about 550 million hours of their lives on household chores, which is said to be 160 more hours than boys of the same age group. The sad thing about all this is that in almost all societies, this is cons...

  • Graphical User Interface: An overview of Java Swing interface as a GUI

    Posted Jun 22

    Graphical User Interface otherwise known as GUI (pronounced either as G.U.I or gooey) is an interface of electronic devices - computers, mobile devices, and other digital devices such as games - that uses graphical images, icons and other visual indicators to interact w...

View All

Random Articles

  • Time management strategies for increased exam success

    Posted September 2, 2017

    The life of a student can be full of many tempting distractions, and without an effective time management plan, staying focused to study, getting good grades and meeting the overall requirements can be hard to achieve. It is important for students to learn how to manage...

  • 5 nourishing foods to energize your body

    Posted September 9, 2018

    Studies upon studies have revealed that the quality of our food plays a significant role in our state of health. However, choosing the right food can be a daunting challenge in a densely saturated food market. There are too many energizing food options to choose from, b...

  • Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus: A reflection of oral tradition and socio-historical realities

    Posted June 20, 2017

    Though the freshest of the literary genres in Africa, African fiction is currently the most pervasive genre in the continent. Popularly seen as a foreign genre imported into the continent, African fiction has evolved over the years with the ingenuity of African writers...

  • Six traits every student needs to be successful

    Posted November 9, 2016

    There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen - Jim Lovell  Every student desires success; no one wants t...

View All