With a brand new year comes brand new opportunities – especially when it comes to reading development and improvement in your child. To help ensure a brighter, happier future for your little one, here are our top four suggestions on how best to support and assist in improving your child’s reading skills in 2017:
- Make Sure Your Child is Well-Rested and Well-Nourished
Learning is hard work! Because of this, it is essential that our little ones have everything that they need to make the progress that they deserve. Early nights during the week will provide their bodies and minds with the chance to rest and rejuvenate, allowing them to wake up feeling revitalised and ready to take on the new day. Plenty of fruit, veggies and protein in their diet will also help to ensure stable energy levels and enhanced concentration. You’ll be amazed at what plenty of rest and good nutrition can do for developing little minds!
- Communicate Every Day
A new school year will often mean new teachers and peers, as well as increasingly difficult work and challenging workloads, which can cause a lot of anxiety for your child. As a parent, you can help by having daily meaningful conversations with your little one: take the time to reassure them that they can always approach you for help, be it if they are ever feeling overwhelmed, insecure or whatever the cause for discomfort, create a safe environment for them.
- Take an Interest
One of the best ways that a parent can monitor his or her child’s reading development and progress is by meeting with the teachers. If there is a parent’s evening being held, try your best to be there – your child’s teacher will be able to provide you with greater insight into your little one’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as into what you can do to assist them in overcoming any learning challenges that they may currently be facing. Along with this, your child will also definitely appreciate the fact that his / her parents are taking an interest in their learning despite how busy mom and dad are!
- Read Together
What better way in which to nurture your child’s love for reading, and assist in their development, than cuddling up and reading a book together? You can each take turns reading a page and then talk about all the best parts just before bed. Turn this into a regular activity and you will enjoy so much more than simply watching your child’s improvement – you will enjoy a much closer bond as well!
Our team at Stimulus Maksima is passionate about helping South African children with their reading development. We offer parents and teachers a wide array of products and services, along with a skills-based curriculum to create joy and excitement through learning. For more information about our company and about how we can help your child with his or her reading improvement in the new school year, please do not hesitate to get in touch!