How to teach your child the love of reading

Many parents have told us that their children don’t like to read and sure enough those are the students who have low grades in subjects that involve reading, for example language arts, social studies and science. These are bright children but they just don’t like to read. Why is that and who needs to step up and encourage these children to read? Is it the teachers’ job, or is it the parent’s job? Regardless of the reason, parents have a bigger role in this much-needed intervention. It is the parents’ job to find books that their kids enjoy, and get their kids to read them.

See Below For Reading Tips!

Tips for preschoolers

It’s never too early to begin reading to your child! Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. The following are some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader.

  • Read to your child every day and make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close.
  • Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects.
  • Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Make up stories and tell your children. They love to listen to stories made up by their parents.
  • Read to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices and have fun with it! Make them laugh, it leaves a lasting memory.
  • Know when to stop reading. Put the book away for a while if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention.
  • Discuss what’s happening in the book, point out things on the page, ask your child to predict what will happen next?
  • Go ahead and read your child’s favorite book for the 100th time, just be happy that she wants you to read to her.
  • Early readers love to find words in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.
  • Be sure to see your child’s pediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about your child’s language development, hearing, or sight.

 Tips for elementary children

To raise an avid reader, you don’t need to schedule specific times. Reading skills are built moment by moment and day to day. Incorporate reading into many easy daily activities.

  • Let your child see you read and share information from your own reading with your child.
  • Read aloud, read the newspaper as a family.
  • As a family, act out favorite scenes from a book.
  • Take books with you wherever you go.
  • Offer books as a reward for achievement or doing chores, and not games.
  • Invent reading-related jobs, such as writing or reading the grocery list.
  • Subscribe to children’s magazines.
  • Tell your child stories aloud about your own life or your family.
  • Make library visits a family routine and watch for special bookstore presentations.
  • Tie movies or television into the books that they’re based on.
  • Use car trips as reading fun, try your child’s chosen books on tap.
  • Have children retell favorite stories. Have children evaluate stories—favorite character, plot.
  • Connect stories to children’s lives. Make connections between books of similar topics.
  • Provide an inviting environment for reading. Keep the noise level down while your child is reading.
  • Don’t reward reading with watching TV. This makes reading and homework chore and TV FUN. Use TV sparingly and wisely.
  • Have children find what they need on a store directory. Point out names of grocery items in the market, street signs on your walks.
  • When cooking, ask your child to read the ingredients list or the recipe. In a restaurant, have your child read the children’s menu aloud.
  • Relax and have fun with your children and books!

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