Top 10 Tips To Make Your Child Love Reading
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1) The Early Bird… – The love of reading needs to be learned. To this end, start them early. Even before they can read, read to them. No child is too small to be read to. Choose some age-appropriate books (there are some great selections for babies, preschool, school-age and older) and get into the habit of reading with your child.
2) The Dewey Decimal Dogma – Libraries are often one of the first places where a child will foster their interest and love of books. Take them to your local library regularly and let them experience the world of promise that books provide. As well, enroll your child in library-run, age-appropriate programs and events so that they will meet other like-minded kids and their parents.
4) Monkey See, Monkey Do – Set a good example – after all, we parents are the greatest influence on our kids, particularly when they’re young. Let them see you reading and enjoying books, surround them with examples of the world of imagination that is provided through reading. Let them see you reading, and often. You are the perfect person to set the stage for your kids.
8) Make it Fun – There are some great reading-related games and activities that you can provide for your kids. Some examples include reading-related board games (e.g. junior Scrabble, Boggle), age-appropriate crossword puzzles and word-searches. Online and digital options are available as well (think apps, kids reading sites, etc.). Explore the landscape and when you’ve found some options, share them with your children and watch them flourish!
9) Support their Habit: Kids need to feel the support of their interests from the ones they care about most: their parents. Show the love and show them how important you feel about reading. Give books as gifts, give your kids their own reading lamp or book light clip, start a child-focused book club with your child and their friends. They will be so much more likely to embrace reading if they feel that their parents are behind them 100 per cent.
Here’s a video where I discuss specific tactics that can be used to help your child with their love of reading: