5 Innovative Ways to Cultivate a Reading Habit in Your Child
It is needless to say that reading habits build several other important skills in children. However, parents find it very hard to get their children to pick up a good book to read especially in the digital age.
Children have so many activities to indulge in these days that they barely take interest in book reading. Digital games, chatting apps and social media websites keep them well entertained almost eliminating book reading from their daily schedule.
Let’s have a look at a few innovative techniques to get your kids into a reading habit so they can make most of this amazing practice!
1. Introduce Your Children to Reading Competitions
Kids love competitions and challenges. If they are not too willing to read a book by themselves, they will certainly take one if they have to during a certain competition. Schools have their own set of contests but at home, you can follow the same culture. For instance, you can always pick a good book and challenge your child to finish before Christmas with the promise of getting them exactly what they had been asking for!
2. Get a Library Membership
Having a library card in itself is a huge incentive for children to start reading books! If not initially, someday your kids will go to the library to pay the monthly dues and return with some interesting looking book that attracted them because of its unique cover. In any case, that’s a win for you. If they begin with it you will surely see them continue to bring more interesting books!
3. Start a Sunday- Fun Day Book Club
This one will take the effort of your whole family. Set aside an hour on Sunday after evening tea when your entire family gathers in the study for a book club reading. Everyone in the family has to select a book and read from it. When it’s an official thing, you will certainly find your child participating in it with the rest of the family.
Besides, they will feel confident in reading out aloud when they see the rest of the family doing the same without hesitation.
4. Create a Reading Environment
It may be a bit difficult to create a separate study in the house but you can still make some room in your children’s room for a table, a few chairs and a bookshelf where all their books are stacked neatly. It will set up a reading environment for your kids that will compel them to read something even if it’s a postcard!
5. Gift Popular Books to Your Children
Every year on their birthday, gift your children a famous book that you are sure they are bound to enjoy. Since it will be their birthday gift they will surely take a peek inside purely out of curiosity. If the story is appealing you can be sure that they will soon have their noses stuck inside it!
Reading introduced your children to a good many words increases their knowledge and gives them a vivid imagination. Try your best to inculcate this habit in them. Start with these innovative ways and you will certainly see a positive change!