"Very first readings": simple and engaging stories to make children passionate about books. And the five golden rules of the speech therapist
The first readings are never forgotten and are a fundamental step in the growth of a child. But what is the correct way to bring children closer to books? How can they be passionate about reading?
To answer the questions of many mothers who see in children's books a real cultural and educational heritage of children, Barbara Franco in collaboration with a team of experts including the speech therapist Sara Vitolo, has created "Very first readings" , a new necklace born within QUID +, the educational project for preschoolers published by Gribaudo Feltrinelli.
These are simple and engaging stories, divided into nine levels identified by combining six main factors of difficulty to introduce children to a gradual and appropriate reading learning process adapted to their real abilities.
As Sara Vitolo explains: “To define the different levels of difficulty of the necklace we based ourselves on the phono-syllabic method, fundamental in the acquisition of reading and writing because it is based on the natural predisposition of the child to compose and decompose words into syllables, memorizing the sounds".
The rules of the speech therapist
The speech therapist also reveals to us what are the five golden rules to encourage children to read:
Find the right level of difficulty to start from
It is important that the child experiences both a sense of challenge and a good degree of satisfaction: if the story is too difficult, or out of his reach, there is a risk of frustration and anger; if it is too easy, or not very stimulating, you risk getting bored.
The rite of reading
It is important that reading begins to be part of the parent-child routine. It can be once a day, every two days or every week: on Sunday morning with a cup of steaming herbal tea, in the evening immediately after dinner, on Saturday afternoon after a snack. Eliminate all external distractions, thoughts and worries, make yourself comfortable and dedicate yourself exclusively to the pages in your hand.
Let yourself be "taken" by reading: emotions and fun
The role of the adult is fundamental for the success of the activity. Joy, fun, fantasy are the ingredients to involve the child and open his mind. Equally important will be for the parent to have the ability to stop in time, because the attention of children has a very limited duration.
The importance of the voice to mark syllables and words
for the child many words and phrases are simply a set of letters or syllables. Your support will therefore be essential both for the correct pronunciation of the single word, and for the intonation of the entire sentence and for understanding the text. It is important, therefore, first to give him the satisfaction of reading the word independently. Then repeat the word read for him, being very careful to place the accent on the correct syllable. Once the child has read all the words that make up the sentence, he rereads it paying attention to give the correct intonation of the voice, to add coloring to the text and facilitate its understanding.
Re-read the whole story together
Once you have read the last word of the last sentence, read the story together from the beginning. Now that the child has become familiar with the words, he can focus on the meaning of the text he has read. After reading the story over again, try to have fun with the activities proposed at the end of the story, to strengthen the understanding of the text read.
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