I remember during childhood how excited I used to be to watch new books and to read them. In school, When I passed out a class and been promoted to the next and been assigned new session books, when I brought those books home, I already used to read a couple of pages out of excitement. I love reading books even today.
WHY IS READING IMPORTANT?
Reading is an essential Life Skill. Individuals who do not read well are often limited in their choices in life. Children should be Inculcated the habit of reading at a young age and should read often.
Reading is a way of learning languages which improvise children’s thinking process. Reading can be helpful in gathering information and fun too, when done in a decoding method .
How Can Parents Get Their Children Motivated For Reading?
Here are some points that might help out:-
1. Monkey See, Monkey Do
- Monkey See, Monkey Do – children will learn their behavior by copying what they see happening around them. So start with yourself. If the parents themselves sit with their gadgets all day, children will soon follow their footsteps.
2. Read a lot yourself
Read a lot yourself. Let them see you reading for pleasure and for information. Being the example is the best. Practice what you preach.
3. Reading Bedtime Stories
Read them bedtime stories and do reading at a very young age. Reading at young age helps them a lot to discover more around them.
4. Reading Stories from Interesting Books
Read stories for them, from books and they will get hooked. The key is reading books, not tabs or kindle.
5. Involve Yourself
Kids just need parents involvement. If you start reading to them, slowly they will develop interest and will start reading individually.
6. Read out aloud
In your free time sit with a colorful picture book and read out aloud. Keep reading with excitement, laugh in between. Sooner or later the kid will join.
7. Make it a playtime
Read with them. pretend you want to listen to the story. Make it a playtime or activity.
8. Book reports
Do Book Reports and read them to each other. A book report challenges kids to think and write critically about what they’ve read.
9. Visualize pictures and events
When reading books, talk about the pictures and what’s happening in them.
10. Increase books availability and reach
Have books available in different areas of the house.
11. Pay special attention to their interest
Find reading material that fits a child’s interests, maturity, and reading level. Notice what type of books is your child interested in and buy those books to them and remember investing in books is the best investment.
If it is a girl child, fairy tales are super hit. She may like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina, Heidi etc.
Boys like comics, super heroes and universe, galaxy like Star Trek. They may find it interesting.
12. Try funny or repetitive books, Wonky Donkey, I Want My Hat Back, Dragons Love Tacos,We’re Going on a Bear Hunt etc.
13. Read the books with expressions, so they can learn by copying you. Point to the words too.
14. Take them to bookstores and libraries. Show how excited you are about going to the bookshop. Spend time there browsing and show them how appreciative you are of a book.
Take your children to a surprise shopping, pass by their age appropriate book counter and ask them to pick any book. Then you must make sure that it’s a daily activity for you to read that book for your kids for 15 minutes.
15. Let them look and get attracted to the books and read them every story they want.
16. Parents should engage with children, enjoy reading a book with them. Allow them to give their opinion. Encourage them.
17. Buy them colorful picture books.
18. First teach your child phonics (sounds that letter make). Buy them interesting phonics books.
Once your child knows letters sounds, you can begin with CVC words.
CVC words are three letter words that follow a consonant/vowel/consonant pattern. For e.g. dog, cat, mat, bat,sat,pin, bin.
CVC words are considered the simplest words for emerging readers to decode by blending the three sounds together.Then try small word’s sentences.
19. Make it a habit to read a book daily for 10 minutes for your child and encourage your kid to read a book with simple sentences. Enthusiasm and encouragement go a long way.
20. Help them with speech and learning bigger vocabulary.
21. Try and make it fun for them by acting out the characters with them, using teddies for props or what ever you can find.
22. Start reading Enid Blyton, Amelia Cobb, James Preller, Geronimo Stilton books. Stories of Gods, women freedom fighters or whatever they are interested in reading and listening to.
23. Reading aloud in emotive animated voice is important to introduce reading as a fun activity to your child.
24. You can play so many games and do art work related to the story in order to stimulate the interest of reading.
25. Let them ask you plenty of questions. As Helen Keller said “A Well–Educated Mind Will Always Have More Questions Than Answers.”
Don’t make reading a chore. Just read for fun, anywhere and anytime. Convey the value of reading by your actions.
Hope you may find the post useful. Enjoy reading with your little ones. Play, learn and grow together!!!