Reading helps children develop essential skills and knowledge, but it also has far-reaching benefits for health, behavior, and even income as adults. Reading for pleasure can have a positive impact on your child’s academic performance and increase their chances of success in life.
One of the biggest problems with reading is that it’s easy to get distracted or lose interest. This can be especially frustrating for kids who are just learning this skill. They may want to put down the book and pick up something that doesn’t require as much ‘work.’
Here are 5 tips that will help you make reading fun for children:
1. Read aloud
Whether your child is still learning how to read or can do so independently, reading aloud can help them stay engaged. They can follow along with the words on the paper or process what you’re saying in a way they couldn’t if they were reading by themselves.
2. Make reading a family activity
Find ways to get the whole family involved in reading. Maybe you each share your favorite book of the week at dinner, or you have a different family member read to the youngest person every night before bed. Identifying as a ‘family who reads’ will instill a sense of literary responsibility in your household!
3. Choose books related to your child’s interests and passions
No matter how old you are, it’s tough to do something you’re uninterested in. Make reading fun for kids by selecting books that align with what they already like! For example, Batman comics for superhero lovers, or adventure stories for kids who love exploring the outdoors.
4. Let them choose the book
If your child seems resistant to the idea of reading, ask them what they would like to read about. When kids are just starting to make reading a habit, the subject matter isn’t that important. As long as it’s age-appropriate, let them dive deep into whatever world they want.
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