Tips on Making Children Get Interested in Reading
Sometimes, it’s not easy to get kids interested in reading, but this activity is very important for every human being. Reading trains brains, improves imagination, develops thinking process, helps improving spelling and speaking skills. All that form an individual, preserve cultural identity and enhance curiosity to all the aspects of life.
But how to make a reading process enjoyable for the little ones? How to encourage them to open a book without putting a pressure? We’ve selected the best efficient tips on how to do that!
Start from the early days of their life
After being born, babies begin to learn language. That’s why such a non-screen alternative as reading can really help them to develop first skills. It will also make them be curious about funny and sweet words from the stories.
To get kids interested in reading start with letting a child know what the book is, what parts it consists of. Show them how the front cover looks, learn that the book goes from left to right. Instead of giving a child your smartphone, try to entertain him/her with the book. This is the safest way to connect with the best aspects of this world from the early age.
Make reading an essential part of your life
Even if you have only 15 minutes for reading, do it. Turn this process into a ritual. Remember that reading is not limited with books or newspapers. Every day, we are immersed in the world of information – recipes, signs of directions, words in ads.
Try to encourage your kids to pay attention to what they see. Read the road signs during traveling, words on kids posters in the bookstore or even signboards while shopping. Children must read it aloud, distinctly pronouncing each word.
Make reading interactive
Storytelling is a nice way of increasing kids’ interest in reading. You can watch podcasts or series together. In the end, you can ask children questions about the plot.
Encourage little ones to retell the bedtime stories or family legends. Gradually include questions about the characters of the story. You must put those questions the kids can’t answer just yes or no. Try to develop the theme, make them express their opinion.
Make their curiosity run a little wild
Seeing you interested in reading, children will follow your example. Sit on the sofa and invite your kid to join. Never force your children to do what they don’t want to do! Of course, it’s easy to say “Do as I say” but more effective is to let their curiosity push the process forward.
Keep books in easy access – leave them on the coffee table or the sofa. One day, your child won’t resist the temptation to open the book and see what attracts you there.
Be artistic and creative
If you read a funny story never be monotone. Make pauses before turning points in the plot, change your intonation when you read the dialogues to accentuate the difference between characters, read some words louder to express the feeling and let a child catch a right mood.
Modulate your voice to make a narration more catching and intriguing. Add some dramatic effects that will surely help to keep kids’ attention. Make them hold their breath to the end of the chapter by creating the effect like you’re a character of the story. A bit of creativity will help them to travel to the other worlds and times.
Don’t give up too fast
The process of growing the interest in reading could take weeks. Try to find the perfect book for your kids by reading different genres. Explore fiction stories, novels, poetry, books of funny facts and the biggest world records. Maybe your child will be stunned with stories about famous people or get hooked on science books.
Don’t forget to take books with you when you go to the restaurant or want to visit friends, flipping through the books will save children from feeling bored.