Find age-appropriate preschool books. While you’re searching for them, don’t forget about the time factor. You want to be sure they’ll enjoy looking at the book and reading it because it will help them develop a good reading habit.
It’s important to realize kids’ brains grow at different rates. Most scientific research says that a child’s brain grows by 5% every year. Well, that’s slower than a human hair growth rate. So don’t be too concerned about the fact that your child’s brain is not fully developed until about the age of about 7 or 8.
Some early readers as young as four or five can enjoy books on early reader concepts such as vocabulary and letter sounds. A child will often pick up more of the sounds and names of the letters as he gains proficiency with his parents reading list. Don’t be surprised if your child will refuse to read until he’s had the opportunity to sound out the words.
I discovered my own early reading success when I had a five-month-old son. While I was on the train one day with my son, I suddenly remembered a story I’d read to him when he was two.
The story was so engrossing I didn’t stop him from picking up the story from the train station and reading it to him. He picked the story up, closed his eyes for a moment, and commenced to begin to read.
It wasn’t long before he was completely engrossed. I encouraged him to read to his brother and the two boys ended up spending the day together reading and working on the vocabulary words.
When you have children of your own, you develop a bond with your baby. You also ensure that your children have the opportunity to become fluent readers.
George, our son, was blubbering away in his car on the way home when he stopped me and asked what he needed for school. I knew George had read for years and often read for his mother.
I directed him to my station and purchased him a box of Saxon Stories. “Try these ones,” I told him.
I read the story to him and then asked him to tell me some of the words by asking me questions. Again, he had read the story for years.
George went on to tell me that he liked it when he read the story because it helped him focus on the words in the story.
Now, George read to their classmates’ children every chance he had. He loved the audio feature in the book that let him hear the story in Devanagari.
George’s teacher told him earlier that week that she was going to turn over all his homework in 15 minutes or he wouldn’t be allowed to speak. George was so excited he danced around his room shouting and joyously.
What George didn’t know at the time was that his mother, Rosa, planned to talk to him in his room at break and take him to lunch when he had done his best. She played her Russian roulette game as she told him.
The legacy that 15 minutes of tutoring gave George was to remain focused and enjoy the rest of the school year. His grades improved and this began to earn him an “A” throughout the school.
Usually tutoring sessions last from 2-5 hours, sometimes longer. Students feel more in control when they learn in a classroom set-up. The behind-the-wheel-tire-changing sessions give students a chance to apply what they have learned by practicing on a wheeled carousel. Or, the traffic-act-review sessions will have students plotting their routes to improve driving.
Before heading to a session, students first look for a tract of land to park. A five-minute tutorial on turning signals will have students learning not only how to change signals but how to safely merge with traffic.
Next, students will be taught their driving techniques including recognizing when other cars are stopped or passing, looking both ways of the road, parallel parking, making turns, coming around traffic signs, dumping the speed limit, random starts, skidding, and splashing into the tires of approaching cars.
The behind-the-wheel-tire-changing sessions for beginner drivers are especially appropriate for the first time behind the wheel. The students are usually keen to begin and end their driving lessons with a driving simulator. However, even instructors are sometimes nervous about teaching such a novice driver. The behind-the-wheel-tire-changing sessions make them more comfortable in dealing with a real-life driving scenario. And these are not the beginner drivers who are excited about all driving!
The driving simulator is not the same as driving lessons. The latter involves the physical interaction of students with a competent instructor. If students are not comfortable with physical lessons then they may miss out on acquiring fundamentals.