- May 14, 2017, 8:58 pm
Dear parents, do you find it difficult to make your child read? Here are some helpful tips you could use to inspire your child to develop a lifelong friendship with the written word.
1. Let them choose what they want to read.
Are you tired of hearing the same old reading is boring excuse from your child? Well, if you want to see different results, you have to step up your game. The first step is to let them have a choice on what kind of book they want to read. If they enjoy learning about dinosaurs,than buy them all sorts of books and magazines about dinosaurs. Scout for kiddie cooking books if that's what they love to do. Using their interests and hobbies as a starting point is a great way to put boredom out of the way.
2. Don' be too traditional.
Don't get disappointed if your child isn't drawn to classics, novels or pocketbooks like Tom Sawyer or Harry Potter. Picture books, graphic novels, magazines, websites, and interactive/digital books (from the app store) --they are all considered as reading. We are in the 21st century, so don't expect them to learn the conventional way.
3. Read aloud.
The pleasure of listening to you read and the enjoyment of sharing stories with your child, rather than letting them struggle alone, may restore their eagerness for reading. Although reading aloud won't really enhance your child's comprehension and vocabulary, it would definitely be a fun experience for you and your child. This would erase the fear and difficulty that children often associate with reading. Remember, the goal of reading aloud is to have a good time. Keep things light; read only as long as you're both enjoying it.
4. Have activities that are reading-related.
Most kids learn and enjoy more when there are games and activities after every lesson. If this is the case with your child, start pairing activities with the books that you are currently reading. Try out the recipes in the cooking book that your child is reading. Play spelling games and board games that require players to read directions every step of the way to move forward in the game.
5. Get caught reading.
Let your children see you reading for pleasure during your spare time. Setting an example by showing them that you walk the talk is one of the best ways to encourage them to read.
6. Don't keep your books on the shelves.
Leave all sorts of reading materials including books, magazines, and colorful picture books in noticeable places around your home. It would be impossible for them not to take some time to at least flip a few pages and eventually enjoy what they are reading.
7. Offer incentives.
Kids would be more motivated to read if you offer them incentives that are still related what they are reading. Allow them to stay up a bit later to finish the chapter they are currently reading. Watch the movie version of the book they are reading once they finish it. Never use extra time for watching TV or using the computer as an incentive for reading. Doing this will only make reading as an excuse for them to be able to waste time watching and playing computer games.
8. Bring their books to life.
Extending they're positive reading experiences could trigger their excitement and further motivate them to read. If they're currently reading a book about dinosaurs, taking them to a dinosaur museum would be a good idea. Enrolling them in guitar classes (or other instruments that they are interested in) would also be a great follow up if your child is interested in reading books about music.
9. Introduce the bookmark.
A common dilemma children have when they start reading is thinking that they have to finish a book in one sitting. Remind them that they don't have to stress themselves by reading the book from cover to cover by using a bookmark. They can stop after a few pages, use a bookmark, and go back to where they left off in another time.
10. Don't stop motivating them.
Nothing would come easy at first. Expect a long and bumpy road towards the journey of reading both for you and your child. They may start to complain and get tired of it, but this should not stop you from encouraging and supporting them to continue reading. Assure them that you will always be there to guide and motivate them. Once they start to enjoy and see the myriad of benefits one can get from reading, they'll begin to have a growing passion for reading. These tips are only a few of the countless ways to help your child transform reading from a chore to a treat. If you are a parent, encouraging them to read as early as possible is one of the best gifts you can give them. Helping your child to embrace the written word will not only lead to a path of academic excellence, but also be a jumpstart to a brighter future. How about you? Have you employed similar strategies in order to make Reading a fun and worthwhile experience with your kids? Share them with us so other parents could learn from your stories as well!