6 Tips to Help Your Child Love Reading
Does your Child Loves Reading?
Reading is a very important activity for any child. It helps build skills that will serve them for a lifetime and also increases their vocabulary and ability to communicate. Some kids will love to read, while others may take a bit of encouraging. Here are six tips that will help your child love reading, try and you’ll be successful.
Check out your local library
“One of the great things about reading is that it doesn’t need to be expensive. Pay a visit to your local library, get your child their own library card, and let them explore all it has to offer,” suggests Blake Swift, educator at Academized and State of Writing. Not only will they be able to check out books, they can also try out video games and blue-rays. Take your child to story times when you are at the library. Introduce them to the librarians and see what book suggestions they offer. This could also be a good opportunity for you to do some research and pick out books you think your child will like.
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Make reading a habit
Set aside a time every day to read with your child. Often bedtime is a good opportunity to do some reading. Try and make reading a habit for you and your child. Designate a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed and can relax. Reading before bed is a great way to wind things down and end the day. But just because you have a special time set aside, it doesn’t mean that is the only time you two should read. Take advantage of free time you find yourself with and read. If your child is bored, think about picking up a book before turning on the television.
Don’t limit it to books
“You don’t always have to read a book. If your child is showing an interest in magazines, graphic novels, comic books, or websites, then that is perfectly fine. What’s important is them learning and finding enjoyment in reading,” suggests Sharon Mincey, teacher and blogger at Paper Fellows and Australian Help.
Try mixing things up if you are struggling to get them interested. If the book they picked out at the library isn’t holding their interest, try something else. You’re trying to get them talking, learning, and expanding their vocabulary, so it doesn’t really matter what medium achieves that.
Pause and ask your child questions
Every now and then it’s a good idea to stop and ask your child a question about what they’ve been reading. Try and ask them an open question that will get them talking and doesn’t require a yes or no answer. This can be a great way of keeping them interested and engaged with the story.
One good way to start a reading session is by asking, “Where did we leave off last time?” It’s also good to stop every now and then and point out an interesting word. Have your child try and read it, and if they don’t know what it means, explain it them. This can be a great way to expand their vocabulary and help them learn to sound out new words.
Read what your child is interested in
Look for reading material about things your child is already interested in. Is your kid crazy about dinosaurs? Well then start by finding some books on that subject. You’ll find it’s a lot easier to get them excited to read if it’s about something they already love. You can also introduce them to books and subjects you are a fan of. If you’re interested, then your enthusiasm can be contagious and help them stay engaged.
Accept that it won’t always go well
Sometimes your child just won’t be in the mood to read, and it’s best not to push things. Just accept that it won’t always happen. There’s no benefit to pushing on and making your kid participate, you will just make them associate reading with that unpleasant experience. If they really don’t want to read, just move on and do something else.
Reading is important and beneficial to every child. It’s good to keep them stimulated and learning, rather than always plopping them down in front of the television or tablet. Reading is a great way to get them interested in new subjects and improve their communication skills. Follow these six tips to help your child love reading.
Thanks Freddie for this briliant article, I’m sure, it’ll be of help to many parents!
Freddie Tubbs is an educator at UK Writings. He enjoys attending education events, and writing columns for Boomessays and Essayroo blogs.
How about you mom’s and dad’s? Share what works for you wrt inculcating the habit of reading in kids.