Having gone through the ‘learning to read’ process four times so far, I thought I would share my tips for getting children reading and enjoying it, some may seem obvious, others not so.
- Frequently people ask me how they can get their children to read but more often than not it is the reading material that is the problem not the reading ability.
- Start reading with your baby as soon as possible. I used to spend hours looking at books with my son and he was reading CS Lewis at five year’s old. That’s not to say that was the only factor of course but I’m sure I encouraged his love of reading from a young age.
- Incorporate a bedtime story in your daily routine and keep it up for as long as the child wants to be read to.
- Read books to toddlers that are interactive, such as replacing words for pictures that your child can say. They learn to follow the words from left to right and feel encouraged. PB Bear by Dorling Kindersley is fantastic for this and should be available at libraries.
- Encourage your children to ask for book tokens for their birthdays so that they can shop and choose their own reading material
- Go to the library.
- Let children choose. Sometimes school reading books are extremely boring. Please let there be a new reading scheme other than the Oxford reading tree by the time Little M is in school.
- Just as adults have book preferences children are the same. I don’t really like books about animals, I remember as a child ploughing through Watership down and Black Beauty very very slowly. I am still the same if I am reading a book that hasn’t really captured my attention. It becomes a chore.
- Allow quiet time and space to read. Turn off the television
- Some children prefer non fiction and as long as they are reading it really doesn’t matter what the book is about even if it is “Where does snot come from?” ( I made that up by the way) or another grusome fact book. ‘Ripley’s Believe it Or Not’ and ‘The Guiness Book of World Records’ are great for this. My one reluctant reader learned to love reading when I introduced him to the ‘Horrible Henry’ series.
- Factor in reading time at bedtime for older children.
- Listening to story CD’s in bed can encourage children. Some books come with CD’s so the child can follow the words.
- If all else fails there are comics,there are still new words in them to learn. For older children there are monthly magazines such as The National Geographic that may interest them.
- Never force or get angry as you could scare your child and put them off reading forever
- Read books yourself.
- And lastly, I repeat…read, read, read to them all the time and remember that the book content is just as important. If it doesn’t interest the child then it’s going to lessen the incentive to stick to it!
This has been posted for the Friday Club Carnival at Notes from Home.
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Jax at Making It Up discusses behavioural issues in a quandary in search of a tip.
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