The typical child reads simple novels, fiction and comics on a regular basis. Introducing more stimulating reading material can be both challenging and rewarding if done properly. It is important to encourage kids to read literature that will help them develop better comprehension skills and a greater vocabulary. In addition to this, many works of higher literature teach valuable life lessons and help one gain greater self perspective. There are 6 specific ways you can introduce this type of literature to your children.
Keep Things Simple
The way you present any new material should be done at the learning level of each individual child. Before you begin letting your child read higher literature alone, try reading the material together and sharing interpretations together. Giving your child insight into how to comprehend the meaning of advanced reading material is key to developing their reading development. Be sure to explain things in simple and straightforward terms while letting your child comprehend and interpret the material with limited guidance.
Address Vocabulary By Sounding Out New Words
Higher literature reading will pose many challenges in addition to comprehension. New and more difficult words will be presented to your child on a regular basis. Teach your child to sound these words out phonetically and consult a dictionary to determine their meaning. Vocabulary is one of the most important aspects of better developing reading comprehension. The more words your child knows, the more easily they can read and understand advanced writing of all kinds.
Provide Material Based on Things Your Child Already Enjoys
When introducing higher literature, try to choose titles that will provoke individual interest from your kids. Include books that offer both fun and entertainment, as well as more challenging subject matter. Literature of all levels contain a virtually endless amount of topics to choose from. Finding works that are suited to the child’s interests should be very easy for parents and tutors.
Read And Learn With Your Child
We never stop learning throughout our lives. Introducing more advanced reading material can serve as an opportunity for you and your child to learn together. It is important that you always present new reading material by reading to or with your child in the beginning. Reading together will help you better understand the child’s limitations and strengths, but can also help parents or tutors learn new material as well.
Don’t Underestimate A Child’s Reading Potential
Children are capable of grasping complex ideas and advanced concepts. Never underestimate the learning abilities of your child. When presented at the comprehension level of the specific child, even very young kids can understand and gain knowledge from higher literature.
Be Encouraging Without Being Too Pushy
Although a child is capable of learning anything, expecting too much too fast will not promote proper skill development. It is important to challenge your child to learn, think and comprehend new ideas, but do not expect them to grasp these concepts overnight. Through patience, working together and constructive encouragement, your child will be well on their way to reading and understanding higher literature
This guest post was contributed by Love Reading