A How-To On Encouraging Reading Habits In Children
February 14, 2019
Everyone knows that reading is a primary skill that every person requires to succeed in life. Reading is not limited to academic growth; it is needed in quotidian life too. Just some of the benefits of regular reading are:
- Better attention span
- Stronger vocabulary
- Greater analytical thinking
So how does one ensure that every child is encouraged to read and that they develop a habit of it? The first step is to know the details of why a kid is not ready to pick up a book. When you understand the reason behind something, you can work on solving it. Some of the most frequent explanations of why young ones don’t like reading are:
- They find reading boring.
- They consider picking up a book a chore.
- Reading is a difficult task for them.
- They haven’t discovered a book that has developed interest.
Once the explanation of not reading is clear, it can be addressed. Here are some ways to encourage the habit in kids.
1. Begin reading to them at a young age. When you read with a toddler, they can experience the joy of it first hand, and this can motivate them to try it for themselves. But remember, each person learns on their own pace. They take in information through different processes. Therefore, not every child will have an adoration for books.
2. Build an exciting reading section at home. Set out an area that is filled with bean bags, colourful books, and fun accessories. When a child has a cosy corner that calls to their mind, the urge to read will automatically come. Think of it as the pretty icing on a cake which attracts every person.
3. Reading is not limited to home or school, i.e., anything can be read. Therefore, motivate your child to read street signs, billboards, game instructions, move names or even restaurant menus. Ultimately, there will be one area that sparks the joy of reading, and it will show the child that it is a skill that is needed everywhere.
4. Role models are the best way to teach something. Become one for your kid. When they see you reading a magazine or a newspaper every day, they will be interested in copying you. Become the example for your child. Pick up a book next time your young one is around and motivate them to read too.
5. Another method of inspiring a youngster to read is to show them that books can have real-life connections. When a child can connect something that happened to them to a book, they become persuaded to read more. Therefore, find ways to link a story to real-life experiences and spark the joy of books in your child.
The last tip as we finish off the article is to ensure that reading remains fun for the kid. When something is perceived as painful or tedious, interest in it wanes. But when the same task is seen as fun, joyful and entertaining, the heart and the mind to take part in it. Make reading an everyday habit by painting it in a favourable light.