Get Your Children into Reading: How to Do It

Get Your Children into Reading How to Do It

Reading is a great activity for adults and kids alike, especially for kids. Studies show children who read regularly tend to do better academically, develop better communication skills than non-readers, and increase attention spans. Here are some tips to help turn your children into readers.

Toddlers and Preschoolers

Children at this young age can easily be formed into readers, you just have to provide your child the opportunity. Surround your child with books and read with them every day. Turn off the TV and read a book yourself, if your child sees you reading, he is more inclined to try it himself. For times when you’re busy, consider purchasing a specialized child reading program or children’s electronic reader. There are many on the market that teach children phonics and play games alongside the actually reading. These games can help further develop your child’s skills.

Elementary

When children begin elementary school they begin reading a lot more in the classroom. The goal during this time is to introduce the entertainment aspect of reading so your child wants to pick up a book during her free time. For younger students, continue reading with them, except ask them to read to you. Challenge your child by giving her books a level or two above her skill set, just be encouraging and helpful as to not discourage her from the increased level of difficulty.

For older students, take trips to the library or book store and allow them to pick out books. Ask your child questions about the story and what he thinks will happen next. Your interest will help encourage, and spark critical thinking in your child.

During the summers, challenge your child to read as many books on the school’s or local library’s summer reading list. Take caution though with offering prizes for finishing a book, as the reward should be enjoyment in reading; the goal is to develop a reader in your child, not a determined prize winner.

High School

Some parents think if their child isn’t a reader by high school, he’ll never be a reader, but that’s not true. Sit down with your teenager and discuss with him or her the benefits of reading to include honing vocabulary and writing skills which will help on those upcoming SATs and college applications.

If your teen refuses to see the benefits of reading keep in mind some teens may steer clear of reading because they have had difficulty understanding or finding interest in the books taught at school. Offer to take him or her to the book store and help browse the different genres to find something of interest at a comfortable reading level.

Children Against Reading

Coercion is never a great option, however if your child is unresponsive to reading and would rather play video games or watch TV, then maybe required unplugging and a scheduled hour or two of  daily reading time might be in order. Hopefully with a bit of discipline your extreme non-readers will see how enjoyable reading can be and will begin doing it on their own.

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