6 steps to get your child interested in reading
Reading is such an important part of life. When a person doesn’t read, it might leave them in the dark about so many things. Reading is a habit that is cultivated by parents. This is why it is important for parents to make sure that their children love to read and also make it a pleasurable activity. Here are some tips and ways to get your child interested in reading:
- Carve out some reading time: Children are always occupied with other activities that sometimes they do not read simply because they did not have time for it. This is why it is important to carve out some reading time in your pre-schooler’s day. Half an hour or so of reading a day is also sufficient. The point is to get them interested to read, so do not force it upon them to read for longer than they wish to.
- Bedtime stories: A great way to get a child initially interested in books and stories is through bed-time stories. As children grow older, parents stop reading to them. However parents of pre-schoolers can pick a fun, interesting novel and read a chapter a day to their pre-schooler. If they are interested in what happens next and the general level of excitement about that increases then it will encourage them to find new books and explore them.
- Take them to a book store or a library: Let a child loose in a bookstore or a library and let them choose a book for themselves! This can be a fun way to spend an evening going through different books and trying to pick one that piques their interest the most.
- Set an example: Children love to copy what their parents do. If you are seen reading, more often than not your child will want to read too, just to be like you.
- Discuss the books that they are reading: You can ask them some fun questions based on the story. For example: What would you do if you were so-and-so character in the book? What do you think will happen next? And both of you can begin speculating about what the next part of the book will bring.
- Make a children’s book club: Get together with other moms and get your children to read the same book. If their friends are reading it, they might be encouraged to do the same. Reading the same book will also offer a topic of conversation as well as ideas for play (books lead to very innovate games that are inspired by the characters or incidents in the book).