Some children take a strong interest in reading while others require more encouragement. In a world that is slowly turning away from books and focusing on monitors or television screens, the importance of developing a passion for reading cannot be overlooked. Reading is a habit that should be established when a child is young in order to develop healthy reading skills.
How can you foster an interest when a child has no desire to read? There are a few strategies you can try to get your child more interested in reading.
- Pique your child’s interest.If your child has a favorite character, pick a series of books that feature this character. For example, your child loves Spiderman so it may be beneficial to introduce your child to the comic books or find Spiderman-related books designed for their reading level.
- Build a home library.It is not entirely up to daycares, schools and after-school programs to encourage and teach your child to read. Start collecting books you think your child will like and begin your own library at home.
- Go to the library.Going to the library is an outing and may create excitement about reading and borrowing books. Guide your child through the various sections or ask a librarian for a tour. Oftentimes libraries have play areas your child can have fun in or activities designed to foster a love for reading.
- Give them an incentive.Create a reward system based on how long your child reads for, the number of pages they read or the number of books they read. After they reach their goal reward them with a special treat.
- Introduce a variety of materials.Introduce your little one to different genres to teach them about different kinds of reading available. You can also expose them to comics or graphics novels.
- Reading games.If you can’t beat them, join them. Find some reading games online for your child to play. If they’re going to sit in front of a screen, that time may as well be productive.
Reading builds a foundation for leaning that will follow your child throughout his or her life. It is such as important skill to have and is necessary for school and furthering their education. Teaching your child good reading skills is a parental responsibility you should take very seriously.
Remember that there are always resources in the community that can help you find programs and activities geared toward reading. Visit World Literacy Foundation for more information.