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Strategies to Teach Reading | "More Than Words"

Question: “My baby does not seem interested in the flashcards or books that I bought him. I try to read to him using these, but he just turns away. Am I doing something wrong here?” 

The question to you is: Do the flashcards and books you use contain colourful, interesting pictures? Pictures are vital in helping young children make the connection between objects and the words used to represent them. Babies are attracted to pictures with bright, contrasting colours, while older toddlers enjoy those that boast lots of touch and feel to explore.  

For more impact, incorporate sounds in your presentation. For example, when you show the picture of a lion and the word “LION”, you could always throw in a realistic roar at the end. Even if your young one finds little resemblance between your growl and the actual majestic roar of a lion at his next zoo outing, you can be sure that it will at least elicit some giggles from him, and even a valiant attempt to imitate you.

In a nutshell, your baby learns best when multiple senses are stimulated. When selecting a reading tool, form a quick checklist in your mind. Does it attract attention visually (with bright colours and interesting pictures)? Does it engage the sense of hearing (with various sounds and clear enunciation)? Does it stimulate the sense of touch (with different textures of materials)? Does it involve actions or movements in the learning process? Whether your child is a visual, auditory or multisensory learner, any new word learnt in one or more of these ways will definitely be retained better.  

Tip of the day: Technology comes in handy at such times! You can prepare PowerPoint slides that show words, accompanied by pictures, even sounds and animations. Sounds too laborious? If you’re a busy parent with limited time and effort to spare, KiddyLearn has just the thing for you. Our reading programme for young children, Kiddy Read, is designed with tens of thousands of pictures, animations and narratives that are bound to stimulate your kid’s interest and learning. Visit us at 

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