Reading is a key cornerstone of learning and an important life skill. Instilling a love of reading in your child is one of the best gifts you can give your child. Here are 7 specific ways to teach your child to learn to love reading.
1. Help Your Child Discover the Joy of Reading.
Children will find joy in reading when they read amazing, fun, exciting books they just can’t put down. That being said, help your child find books in line with his or her interests. If your child finds a book boring, move on to another. Make the experience as pleasurable as possible by creating a reading-friendly environment, whether it be under a comfy blanket on the sofa or under a favorite back yard tree.
2. Read to Your Child Early and Often.
Reading regularly to your child can help develop an interest in reading and will establish reading as an important routine. And don’t stop reading to your child once he or she learns to read. Continuing this habit keeps children interested as their reading skills develop. Children also benefit from it as they learn correct pronunciation and hear the rhythm of the language. Most important, reading to your child is a great way to spend quality time together and gives you fodder for conversation.
3. Assist in Finding Books That Interest Your Child.
Regular visits to the library can give your child the opportunity to explore a variety of interesting books. Through this exploration, your child may find a favorite genre, author, or series that can provide hours of reading entertainment. Don’t forget to consider graphic novels for reluctant readers or non-fiction books for those more interested in facts.
4. Keep Books Around.
Keep books on hand with interesting titles and covers that will capture your child’s attention and interest. Let your child know you value books by giving them as rewards or birthday gifts.
5. Limit Technology.
Eliminate the competition by limiting TV or computer time and encourage reading as an alternative free time activity.
6. Support Your Child in Developing a Habit of Reading.
Make reading a routine activity. Encourage your child to read for a minimum of 10 minutes a day and be consistent. Employ the use of the reading strategies mentioned to make reading a desirable activity and not a chore.
7. Set the Example.
Be a role model for your children. Show your enthusiasm for reading by letting your child see you read. Discuss what you are all reading at the dinner table. Pick a book to read as a family and take turns reading it. Share your love of reading, or discover it together.