While there are many children who love reading without any prompting or help, some children don’t always start out enjoying reading. There’s no need to worry! There are ways to help introduce and teach your child to start enjoying reading more. Here are 7 great ways to create a love of reading in your child.
Our world is full of words. Everywhere we look, we see words, read words and communicate to others with the use of words. From a young age, we begin to develop our minds on learning sight words, nonsense words and then putting all those words together to be able to formulate a simple sentence. As our minds continue to grow and absorb more words, our vocabulary grows right along with it. It’s easy to see how reading is the foundation on which many other platforms of learning stem from.
7 ways to create a love of reading in your child
1)Start reading to them at a young age.
Reading, just like anything, can be a learned behavior. As a parent, if you start reading to them at a young age, and show that excitement when reading to them, that want and drive can be passed on. By showing them that books can be fun, it helps them feel that they want to enjoy that aspect of reading too! Many expectant mothers actually begin reading to their children even before their child is born. It’s never too early to start reading to your child.
2)Set time out to read to your child daily.
Carve out a special time every day where you read aloud to your child. Most schools recommend reading for 20 minutes at least. Reading daily to your child is so important even if they are independent readers. By setting up a consistent routine of reading daily, your child will come to cherish that special time with you.
3)Pick books with topics that interest the child.
Let them decide the genre that they like, or let them scour the shelves for books that may catch their eye. If your child is into dinosaurs, a great way to pique their interest is by reading books on dinosaurs.
4)Take frequent trips to the library.
Imagine being able to show your children endless shelves and rows of books, all available to them for free. There is such excitement that surrounds being able to visit the library.
Maybe it’s the realization that there are no limits on the number of books that can be checked out, or maybe it’s being surrounded by others who share a passion for reading…Children get exposed to a variety of authors and different cultures in a library.
Get your little one a special library card and a bag that is just for them, and tell them that they can fill it to the top of any books that they choose. The only rule that applies is that if books go in the bag, those bags must be read. It’s possible to spend hours of time together looking through the books available. Enjoy that time with your child and talk to them about all the different fun books that are available to take home! Here is a list of some of our favorite books.
5) Engage the child in the book
As you read to your child, ask questions and engage them in the book. You can engage them in several ways; by making predictions about the book before you start, asking questions about their prior experiences related to the topic in the book, asking what if and what do you think is going to happen next etc. Read 7 great strategies for preschoolers for more information on how to engage your child.
6) Make up story parts
You read a portion of the book aloud and ask your child to make up the next part of the story. Some really great and wacky stories can be created this way. Take turns reading out loud (if your child can read) and making up story parts. Don’t forget to add in the silly voices for that extra appeal. Reading is a time where imaginations can run free. Why not explore all those silly and fun moments together?
7) Bring the book to life at home.
You’ve heard of dinner and a show, right? What if you alter it instead to be a playdate with a book? It’s simple and fun to do, and can get your child excited about diving into the contents of the book! Pick a book with a fun theme, and then act it out. Maybe you have a book about a princess and her life that you are getting ready to read together. Have your little one dress up as a princess and act out the story while you are reading it out loud! There are so many wonderful books out there that are easy to act out together. Have fun and channel your inner-child as well.
Reading is not only educational, but it’s a wonderful way to bring families together. Those who can share their love of words and books often find meaningful and wonderful conversations that follow. Try a few of the suggestions above to introduce your child to a world full of loving reading! You may be pleasantly surprised that you have a new reading buddy in your house! Hope you enjoyed reading about 7 ways to create a love of reading in your child.