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Reading Is Not A Race! How To Aim For 'Listening Comprehension' First, Says Reading Expert
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  • Every parent celebrates their child’s first words or phrases. Then, as the child grows, many parents unintentionally put pressure upon themselves to develop their little one’s reading skills, along with the skills they’d need in preschool.


    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, every child is different and develops at their own pace. Learning to read is not an exception since reading plays a big part in a child’s education. 

    In Smart Parenting’s How Po Series Episode 4, entitled Become Your Child’s Best Teacher! How To Do Preschool At Home, Vanessa Bicomong, director of The Learning Library, explains why parents shouldn’t be too focused on their child learning how to decode and read before preschool. 

    “Even if the child is not able to decode, meaning nababsa na ba niya thoroughly... if that is late, that’s no problem because what should happen is that your child has listening comprehension,” she explains. 

    Parents can develop listening comprehension by storytelling and asking questions about the story to help your child understand.

    “Let’s aim for comprehension and not necessarily decoding.” Teacher Vanessa adds. “Reading is not a race,” she stresses. 

    Choosing books that will challenge but not intimidate your child

    Reading to your child as early as while he or she is still in your womb is the first step to introducing your child to reading. Instilling a love for books is crucial in learning how to read and vice versa.


    "Ang bata na mahilig magbasa, magiging magaling magbasa. Ang bata na magaling magbasa at ang batang magaling magbasa, magiging mahilig magbasa," Teacher Vanessa says. 

    Several things can make this goal reachable. These include reading to and with your children and parents modeling the love for reading--they need to see you read. Another is having good books available to your child. But it’s not just about having many books but choosing quality books. 

    Consider the child’s’ age and interest, and then check for the book’s readability and your little one’s ability to understand. If the book is too easy to read, it might bore your child. If it’s too difficult to read or understand, he or she might lose interest. 


    Below, Teacher Vanessa shares two practical tips on choosing books that will challenge but not intimidate your child. 

    Watch the full episode here. Get exclusive access to Smart Parenting’s online webinars, expert talks, and live events! Sign up here to become part of our community and be the first to know about Smart Parenting Events.

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