When it comes to monitoring your child’s development, it can be hard to know you are doing what is right at every step of the way. Although parents cannot control every aspect of their child’s development, they can have far more influence than most would originally assume. In order to ensure your child gets the most out of their education, and is ultimately given the best start in life, you should follow the tips that are given below:
Read To Your Child
Reading to your child can be very important, and should be done by parents well before their child is able to read and write on their own. Through reading to your child from a young age, they will start to associate reading as being a positive thing and something which they enjoy on a recreational level. Once they start to enjoy reading they will then be more likely to read on their own in later years, which will in turn enhance their vocabulary, written English and skill when it comes to communicating. Another, often forgot about, benefit of reading to your child from a young age can be found in the relationship that it forms between parent and child. When a child remembers being read too from a young age, they will be more likely to want to read to their parent, when they can, and will also be more likely to open up to their parents about other aspects of their education and development in later years.
Let Your Child Read To You
Just like reading to your child when they are very young, you should also allow your child to read to you when they get old enough to be able to do it. This is an integral part of your child’s development and will help to form a bond between you and your child which will put you in a position to better help them as they grow older. When your child is able to read to you, don’t make it feel like a chore for them. This means that you should not correct every mistake that they make, insist upon grammatical perfection, or force them to read as much as possible – this is the sure fire way to repress the enjoyment that they able to get from reading. If your child is having difficulty with pronouncing words then the same applies – if they directly ask you how to pronounce a certain word then tell them, but don’t otherwise. When your child is learning to read, you can give them a great head start by ensuring that their training does not end in the class room.
Education Is Constant
When it comes to child development, it is wrong to think that it stops when your child is able to read and write to a certain level. Child development should continue throughout your child’s younger years and well into their teenage years. In order to ensure gets the best start in life, remember to never allow their education life-cycle to stop prematurely in terms of what you can offer.