Reading as a child has many benefits including improving vocabulary, cultivating imagination and, if you read with your child, parent-child bonding time.
However, some children may not take to the idea of reading as they may want to watch the latest episode of Peppa Pig.
Here are just a few ways that you could encourage your children to read more:
Give Them Choice
Don’t force your children to read the books that you want them to read, let them choose their own books. If your child hasn’t read very much before, then take them to a library before you start purchasing your own books, so that you aren’t wasting money on books they might not enjoy.
This will eventually give you a feel for their favourite genres, or what they most look for in a book (or in a front cover if they are really young).
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Make it Fun
Reading should be made fun and, if you’re the one that is reading to your child, this is your chance to incorporate all your favourite accents – yay! You can even dress up as your favourite characters if you want to and ask your children to draw pictures of what they think their favourite characters look like.
Be sure to ask your children questions throughout the books – nothing beats fun like a little healthy quiz. This will also allow you to ensure that they have been paying attention.
Create a Reading Area
If you have some spare space in your house, or in your child’s bedroom, then it might be a good idea to create a reading area. Use a desk or sofa with lots of bright colours. If your child knows that this area is specific for reading, then they will spend more time reading and utilising their new, special space.
If your child has watched a film recently or asked questions around a specific topic that you notice they have paid interest in, then it might be a good idea to purchase books on that subject.
School is useful for this; if you have found that your child is paying particular interest in a specific topic or subject at school, then ask them if they would like to know more about it. Children are most likely to read books when they have an interest in that topic.