The ability to speak, hear, read, and write to children is something that must be trained and honed from an early age. Aside from being in the formal scope of learning, there are actually lots of exciting activities that you can do together with children that can help them learn to read and write quickly. In addition to honing literacy skills, this activity is also guaranteed to build parents’ closeness with the baby.
1. Read books to children
Reading stories to children is an activity that you can do even before the child is one year old. Since the baby, the mother’s voice can always calm the child and read stories to him will help him speak faster. If the child is at the age of learning to read, read the book slowly so that the child can catch the sounds of different letter arrangements. It will also help if your finger follows the writing on the book while reading it to the child to practice learning to read from left to right, top to bottom.
Read books according to the age of the child. Reading novels without pictures to toddlers will certainly not be of interest to him. Experiment with different types of picture books and textures. It’s also good if you take him to read a book with the pop-up or ¬lift-the-flap feature to attract attention. If the child has found his favorite story, start asking the child to tell it back to you.
2. Role-playing with children
Try encouraging children to play roles. For example, children become doctors, and you become patients. Then encourage him to talk and play the role of a doctor with you. You can encourage it by asking, “What will the doctor do?” or “How will the doctor examine me?” Let the child answer and use the property to make the game more exciting.
Often children are only interested in playing roles that they often see. Therefore, the game is usually only about cooking or a home-cooking course. When traveling with children to the supermarket, doctor, salon, or other places, teach children to pay attention to the role of those around them and apply them when playing with them. This will help develop his imagination.
3. Sing with your child
The ability of children to listen and distinguish various types of music has also existed since he was in the womb. To help literacy skills, stimulate the ability of children to invite them to sing together. Sing songs with movements or while clapping to help the introduction of rhythm and rhythm. If you want to show a video or cartoon movie with lots of singing, it is also good, but wait until the child is old enough for parents to manage the use of the device when playing. With assistance, children can also learn while interacting.
4. Teach children to follow the sound
Encourage your child to mimic the sounds he often hears around. This game will help the early stages of the child speak. You can improve this game by asking your child to guess and identify the sounds you make.
5. Always invite children to talk
Whenever, wherever, in any activity, always invite the child to talk. Avoid too busy with the device until you ignore the child’s presence. As much as possible also does not rely on giving a device to the child so that he does not fuss because this can hamper his ability to speak. When a parent is doing something, tell the child, and make him interact with you. “Mama is preparing food for Papa. First, the rice is put on a plate-like this. After this, what will you do? Do you know?” You can also ask your child to share everything he has encountered and done in one day. If the child only tells a short story, ask questions to encourage him to tell and talk again.
6. Teach children to spell letters
Introduce the alphabet to children. Play with flashcards and read alphabet-themed books with children. Ask the child to follow the shape of the letters with his fingers or provide paper and crayons so that he learns to write letters. If you often invite children to messy play, do finger painting, and ask the child to spell his own name. Or, form letters with children’s toys and ask them to identify the alphabet.
Learning to read, write, and speak need not be a stressful thing for children. With a little creativity, you and your child can play while learning. If the child has not been able to do a number of things or often refuses invitations to learn, do not give up or let this affect the mood of parents. In time the child will understand, and your support to help him learn will bear fruit.