In my regular segment on Kinderling radio recently I discussed how technology can be used to help children learn to read. Traditionally children have been taught to read using books. Many people love the feel and small of a book and not only want their child to learn to read but also want them to love books Technology however is having a big impact on what children read and how they learn to read.
There are lots and lots of e-readers for young children to use. E-Readers can have many advantages for young readers. Children can have access to their whole e-library where ever they go, e-readers can be very affordable and the interactive aspects of e-readers help the child to understand the story as well as the have fun with it. It’s important to select a wide range of e-readers, and try not to only choose those which are asked on TV shows, movies or games. A wide variety is important. Read an e-reader to your child is just as also valuable for their skills as reading to them from a traditional book.
You can also teach your child to read and write using a laptop or other device. Load a blank Word Document for them and give them free time playing with the keys on the keyboard. Change the size of the font, the colours. After a session or two of this write one or two words on the screen and ask you child to use the keys to copy the word and write it on the screen themselves. A good word to start with is their name. Follow this up with the names of other people they know then with things around the house. Don’t do this all in one session but over a series of sessions. This will really help your child to understand that letters have meaning, that particular letters make a word and that each word looks different and has a meaning. This is the essence of teaching your child to read!
Here is a link to my podcast on Kinderling radio How to use educational reading aids