Early Childhood Reading Is Fundamental
Children who are solid readers at an early age are typically well-rounded individuals. Young readers tend to perform better in school, have better language structure, and have a healthy self-esteem image while becoming lifelong learners. Statistics show that nearly 40% U.S. young reader’s particularly low-income families are not achieving basic levels of reading proficiency. The over whelming fear is that many of these young children may never fully participate in American society. These are society’s kids and as educators we have a duty to act and not allow these children to fall by the waste side.
A young children’s mind is like a sponge, they absorb everything. Young children learn the essential skills that will help them broaden their mind to become strong readers. Young children become aware of books and pictures and print from infancy, through toddler years and well beyond their preschool years. As early childhood educators we must get young minds excited about books so young children will become strong readers. Early educators play a significant role in helping to prepare and promote early literacy, reduce reading difficulties, and help prepare young preschoolers for the next grade level, kindergarten. Early educators and parents must read stories, keep stories fun and exciting for everyone. Parents and teachers can act out stories by using props and any fun essential aid to make reading exciting for young children.
Children love to answer questions about his or her favorite character in the story. As educators we should be asking them the important questions about stories being read to them. Another way to achieve successful readers would be to motivate him/her by keeping a visible record for the child. Perhaps some sort of chart or graph that would mark as a record of achievement that they’ve accomplished all on their very own. “Look at what I did!” Children love to be acknowledged for doing things. It gives them a sense of belonging, self-worth as well as build self-esteem and self-image.
Educators must be diligent and continue to work even harder to raise awareness to parents’, motivate the mind of young children, especially children in disadvantage households, we must provide new books into the hands of young children that will renew their mind and help them feel empowered to see over the horizon and begin to explore new possibilities. Educators must tackle literacy issues on a day-to-day basis, encourage families to read together, provide enough resources to inspire families and motivate young minds to enjoy learning to read.