“Reading is a fundamental skill,” the orator said, “There are great benefits you will enjoy when you read more.” Watching the faces of the parents in the room, the librarians could tell the parents had heard this expression before. Surely, they had heard it when they were children or teens. Still, regardless of how redundant the phrase, it rings true and always will. Reading is a skill which helps us advance in life.
As a parent, some of the best gifts you can give your children are a state-of-the-art education, a love for learning, and a confidence in their ability to process and use information. Reading can help to improve your child’s academic, cognitive, and social skills when encouraged and supported.
Many parents know there are a number of people who haven’t read a book from cover to cover since high school. Concerned about their children’s ability to succeed in life, dedicated parents don’t want their child to become one of these people. Parents can accomplish this by inspiring their children to read more early in life.
Perhaps, as a parent you have said, “I wish my child would read more. What can I do to encourage my child to read more?” Here a few strategies which will motivate your child to read more and become a reader for life.
Story-time – Reading Aloud
For many parents, during early childhood development years, you read aloud to your child. At bedtime, you and your child would cuddle up as you brought the words on the page to life. But what happened after your child learned to read? Was that the end of story-time?
Enjoying story-time together can continue many years after your children learn to read. At story-time instead of reading to your child, your child can read to you. This gives you an opportunity to gage and monitor your child’s reading skills and reading level.
Set the Example
Do your children see you read? You are the first and best role-model for your child. You can encourage your child to read by setting the example. When your children grow up seeing you read, it becomes a norm in your household. Your child will see reading as a normal part of a daily routine and follow suit.
Movies to Encourage Reading
Movies can inspire your child to read more. A great number of movies have been adapted screenplays from bestselling novels and even short stories. If your daughter loved the Twilight Saga Movies, then why not introduce her to the Twilight Saga books. Perhaps your son can’t wait to see the new movie “The Hobbit,” then introduce him to the great works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Trips to the Local Library
Your local library can be hub for reading and learning. The library can become a haven for not only reading but exploring an entire world of information. Furthermore, your local library has numerous reading programs and workshops for children to encourage them to read, learn, and explore.
Teach Your Child to Research His or Her Questions
One thing is for sure, children are filled with questions about life and how things around them work. Instead of just giving them the answer, why not monitor your child as he or she researches and finds the answers to his or her questions. This journey for wisdom and knowledge will encourage your child to read and build your child’s confidence in his or her ability to find and process information.
E-Readers Can Be Fun
Many parents are often in line to buy the next gadget, game console, or video game for their child. But just like other gaming devices, e-readers loaded with age-appropriate books can be just as fun for your child. Owning an e-reader such as a Kindle, Sony-Reader, iBook, Nook, or Kobo can make reading a fun and exciting experience. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about your child’s books all over your house.
Magazines on Your Child’s Hobbies
Magazines can be a great tool to inspire your child to read. Does your child have an interest in cars, bodybuilding, gaming, fashion, running, drawing, or computer programming? Numerous magazines are available on these subjects. Your child may enjoy the content, articles, and how-to information these magazines can provide.
While reading to or reading with your child has to be a high priority in order to encourage your child to read more and become a life-long reader, reading alone still builds confidence. As your child learns to read, read-along books can be extremely helpful. Your child will learn to recognize words, improve their pronunciation of words, and increase their vocabulary. When your child becomes confidence in his or her reading skills, your child will naturally want to read more.
Kid or Teen Book Clubs
Let’s face it, there comes an age where children want to fit in with their friends and peers. Their social environment influences their choices and these choices will affect the rest of their lives. Clubs are social groups. Many adults enjoy book clubs as learning and social environments. Why not sponsor a book club in your home for children in your neighborhood or your child’s school? You can make it fun by providing games, refreshments, and door prizes.
Writers are Readers
Get your child involved in writing. Help him or her find contests or places to publish their work. Encourage your child to journal or blog. When your child takes an interest in writing, he or she also becomes interested in reading.
Your child reading skills have to be a high priority in order to insure their advancement and success in life. These are just a few strategies that will motivate your child to become a life-long reader. Encouraging your child to read more can be beneficial academically, cognitively, and socially. Yes, reading is a fundamental skill, but with support from parents, reading can be a life-long exploration of wisdom, knowledge, and new ideas.