Books give incomparable pleasure and reading is a priceless activity. Reading gives us so many benefits- gives knowledge, improves the brain, improves memory, improves imagination, builds vocabulary, improves analytical thinking, improves communication skills, improves creativity, reduces stress, and helps you sleep better.
With a good book, you can escape to another place, time, and world. For me, this is also a wonderful way to relax. I love to read. I try to teach my daughter to love books too. She was surrounded by books from the third month. First, there were small baby books which she liked very much. Of course, she mostly eats them, but also she was studying them. After that, I bought some wooden books with pictures. And then came the more real books with pictures and with some words on them. It was a lot of fun. Now I give her other books that are more appropriate for her age. Surprisingly, she likes them. I believe that when kids are surrounded by books at an early age they get hooked.
10. Tips to make your kid love reading
1. Read regularly – set up a ritual, but also use every opportunity to read to your toddler
The regular reading time establishes calming routine young kids love. This is why the bedtime story is a tradition usually. Not only because of the reading but also because they enjoy of parent’s attention. Bedtime reading is a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with our kids.
Many other daily events also provide good reading opportunities. For example, you can have breakfast and bath time story, you can read while waiting in front of the doctor’s office. Also, when you have books around at home, you can read whenever you have free time, even only for fifteen minutes.
2. Choose appropriate books for your kids
Choose books appropriate for their age. Type of books that they can hold easily and manipulate themselves. Books that contain realistic pictures and rhymes are a great option. The love of reading needs to be learned and because of that, you have to start early. Read to your kids, even before they can read.
3. Follow the child’s interests
Read books about your kid’s favorite activities. You can choose books related to a visit to the zoo, the store, life on the farm, ocean, or reading fairy tales. There are many options. It is important to be interesting to your child. Follow his or her interests, but also experiment with a variety of books. They can surprise you by liking a story about something completely different. For example, your daughter who loves dolls may also enjoy hearing stories about dinosaurs.
4. Ask questions
To keep your kids interested in the story, ask them questions as you read. Ask questions to make them think – “Where did we get to last time?”, “Can you remember what’s happen with…?” or “What do you think will happen next?”. This type of question will get them more involved.
5. Re-read the favorites
Usually, toddlers love to hear the same stories over and over again. Children are thirsty to learn and that’s why they love to read the same stories over and over again. Surprisingly, kids remember their favorite passages and are eager to supply key phrases themselves. Re-reading helps to build fluency and confidence.
6. Go to your local library
It can be a wonderful adventure for you and your kid. Even babies like library story-hours. Your child may discover a new favorite book. You can take home countless stories and also save some money. Usually, children enjoy spending time in the library. Let them choose what they want to read to help them develop their interests.
7. Don’t use the books as a reward
When reading is associate with a system of reward and punishment, it has a negative effect. It is better to pick times to read that feel natural. Don’t tell your child she can listen to a story if she finishes her dinner or if she gets done something else. The use of books as a reward will create a mistaken attitude and a feeling for books in the child.
8. Be an example
Demonstrate your love of books and read your books in front of your child. Your kid wants to imitate you and showing your love of reading is powerful. If your child sees books all around the house and knows that you like to settle down with one whenever you have a moment to yourself, he or she will learn that books are essential to daily life. Telling your kid that reading is important is virtually meaningless if you never sit down in front of him or her and read your book.
9. Support their habit
To support their habit of reading you can give books as gifts, give your kids their reading lamp, or let them make a special place at the house to go and read (kids are very creative). Kids need to feel the support of their interests from the ones they care about most – their parents. They will embrace reading if they feel that their parents are behind them.
10. Turn technology into your ally
If your kids play on the computer, use it to your advantage. There are some great reading programs, reading-related games, and activities online that you can provide for your kids. Do some research and allow your child another method of reading, as an added option. For example age-appropriate puzzles, word searches, or junior scrabble. Make it fun!
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