How to Get Your Child to Love Reading By Isabel Wiliams
The best way to provide your child with the greatest possible chance to be successful in life is to instill in him or her a love for reading. Children who read because they want to and not just because they are forced to perform better academically than those children who don’t read. In fact, higher reading scores directly correlate to overall high-level of school performance than any other factor, including mathematics.
It’s not enough to buy your young child a few board books or picture books and hope that it “catches on.” A love of reading is something that most often has to be developed and encouraged.
Here are a few ways that you can inspire your child to a lifelong love of reading:
Make reading time special from the very beginning.
Every parent knows that snuggling up with their child and a book at the end of the day can create a much-loved ritual that can aid in establishing a love of reading. But taking time throughout the day, often several times, can be even better. Each reading session doesn’t have to be an extended process. Simply cuddling together on the sofa for a few quick moments between activities can be a great way to relax and recharge while building the reading habit.
Make frequent visits to the library.
Libraries can be wondrous places when you are a child. There are stacks and stacks of books that can open their minds to an infinite number of worlds. If you make it a part of your routine to drop by the library for a few minutes at least once a week, your child will come to look forward to the visits with anticipation.
You can help them select a book or two that you think they’ll find interesting, maybe one from your own childhood. But then, it is critical to allow them to find one or two books of their own choosing to check out and take home. This gives them a greater personal interest in the books they read.
It can also be a window into your child’s mind. As you see the types of topics and stories that consistently draw their interest, you can reinforce it through other non-book related activities. For example, if you see your child taking an interest in dinosaurs, you can take them to museums to share a dinosaur exhibit and discuss the dinosaurs they have read about in their books.
Don’t force your child to read.
While developing early reading skills is the dream of most parents, some children just aren’t ready that soon. That doesn’t mean that they won’t be great readers and it doesn’t mean they won’t love reading once they are able. In the meantime, you can still read to your child every chance you get.
Making reading a game can also give them the gentle encouragement they may need. There are plenty of activities that you can do with your child to show them how much fun reading can be.
Include other activities that involve reading.
Reading doesn’t always have to mean sitting down with a book. There are many things we do throughout the day that also involve reading that can serve to build a love of reading in your son or daughter. For example, you can have your child sit at the kitchen table with a cookbook, reading off the list of
ingredients to you as you cook the family dinner. You can even enlist your child’s help as you assemble a product or toy that you bought from the store. Just have them read off the instructions and help you locate all the different parts. Make it a game.
Isabel Wiliams is a mom who is trying to make her child love reading and a Content Marketing Manager at a company check portal