6 Ways to Encourage Children to Read
Helping your children develop a habit of reading at a young age not only proves fruitful in their initial school life but also contributes a lot to their childhood. The sad thing that we see today is that children are more into contemporary attractions of life. Maybe they see adults around them indulged in video games, mobiles, laptops, social networks and television so they decide to do the same.
Many parents find it difficult to instill reading habits in their children. It’s challenging, but it’s totally worth it and with such amazing books for children available these days, reading is a hobby your child can gladly take on if encouraged to do so. Here we discuss six interesting ways to lure your child into reading books.
1- Read to Your Child
Parents should start reading to their children at birth. Maybe the bedtime stories can do the trick. These fascinating stories not only open the doors of your child’s mind to lands far, far away but also encourage them to imagine and be creative. Also, bedtime stories being read to children by their parents make lovely memories for them. Children, when having their parents reading a book to them learn how to hold one and turn its pages.
2- Buy Them Books
Lots of books in your child’s bedroom can draw them towards the reading habit. Growing up surrounded by books allows children to treat them as their friends and an ally in their pursuit of learning. This habit gets instilled in them for the rest of their lives.
3- Be a Role Model
Children learn many things by seeing their parents do it, especially reading. So, the parents should be a good role model for their children and be seen reading books and a variety of reading materials so they can entice their young ones to read as well.
4- Introduce Variety
Children won’t continue to read bedtime stories forever. Make sure you introduce them to appropriate books for their age as they grow up. Take them to bookstores and book fairs to tempt them to buy books of the genre that interests them. Don’t worry if the book they choose is not at their reading ability level. This book can be a great read-aloud book for parents to share with their child to build vocabulary and understanding and peek their interests for more.
5- Encourage Children to Select Books on Their Own
As children grow up, they will develop a taste of their own in books. They will begin to prefer one genre over the other. Encourage them to hone their taste in books and allow them to find books that they would like to read on their own.
Parents need to explain to their children how libraries can be a place full of excitement and fun, and how libraries can open whole different new worlds for a child. Obtain a membership card for your child to your local library and a weekly visit on the schedule to develop their reading habit even more.
Some parents strike a deal with their children that if they’ll finish a storybook in a week, they’ll get a dinner of their choice, or maybe some kind of a monetary reward. The fact is there is no better friend than books at all ages of life. They’re conducive to learning and can get you through the toughest phases of life even.