My little angel, Ria, is in her early years of schooling and I feel so proud of her when I see her reading her picture books and singing rhymes from nursery rhyme books. She gleams when she performs in front of so many people at home or in school.
When I observed my daughter’s struggle:
But, this wasn’t easy for Ria all along. Initially, she faced a lot of trouble trying to figure out the basics of both reading and writing. Many would consider this quite normal when a child starts off the learning journey, which is why I let things go until the day I observed some major deviation from her expected level of reading ability.
I noticed Ria finding it difficult to cope with the rest of her class. She would stand at the far end, almost avoiding being called on by her teacher, her preschool assessment sheets too showed her disinterest. As a concerned parent, I thought this was a crucial time to build her capabilities at this early age. So, I worked with Ria to help build her reading skills.
How I taught my daughter to read:
I asked her teachers where she lacked and started rummaging around the internet to find how one could help children learn how to read. I found many answers and so we began little by little.
The first step was to start with something she loved. So, I figured I should start with bed-time stories. Like any other kid, Ria too loves our story-time, so every night after tucking her into her bed I read to her and made sure that she could see the words I was reading from the storybook. I specifically purchased those books that had simple words and bright and expressive illustrations. Ria would eventually learn to recognize such words.
Later we moved to fun games that included identifying letters and numbers, and finding hidden words in a picture. Combining play with learning was a great way to strengthen her foundation for reading. We made games that helped her understand phonics; identify word families and sight words (or common words).
Slowly, she started to get a grasp of comprehension, so to ensure that her interest doesn’t fade away, I subscribed to Children’s Monthly Magazines. You get a lot of options for popular kids magazines these days. I did some research on the top magazines for kids in India and stumbled upon iNTELLYJELLY.
With a number of enlightening stories and reading, games and quizzes, the remarkable magazine proved to be a bounty for my little Ria. iNTELLYJELLY is an Educational Magazine for Kids that imparts holistic education and allows a child to enhance overall development, which compliments school-based learning.
iNTELLYJELLY is a monthly magazine for kids, hence, each month Ria had some or the other new activity to do with her favorite book. This stimulated her word recognition and problem-solving abilities. She slowly mastered the art of reading and started performing well in class. Now she takes interest in activities that she was otherwise scared of. She would sit for hours with her Tab reading excerpts from her iNTELLYJELLY magazine as it was also available on the Internet via subscription like other children’s magazines online. She truly sharpened her reading skills with this and eventually, she didn’t need any help from me anymore.
I’m so proud of my little girl because she took the time and applied the effort to learn everything. All I did was provide her with the right tools like word games and educational magazines like iNTELLYJELLY, which sculpted here inner genius.