It sounds so simple. Kids who read regularly become better readers and enjoy reading more. Additionally, the learning potential of those ravenous readers skyrockets. Reading helps them develop self-confidence, maturity, creativity, and imagination.
So plop a copy of Goodnight Moon into your child’s lap and get ready to see your little one blossom into a genius. Simple, right?
In reality, getting children to read is a bit trickier. But regular reading is not just beneficial … it’s rewarding. Use the following tips to help set a new reading habit that’ll help your little ones become hungry bookworms.
1. Set aside time to read—every day.
Creating a routine helps reading become habitual and it shows your child that reading is an important family activity. Find a comfy, cozy spot, turn off the phone, and get comfortable. Make reading a special, intimate time between you and your child. As little as 10 minutes can help improve your child’s reading skills.
2. Choose reading materials that will captivate you and your child.
Remember, this is time you and your child are spending together, so pick out books and magazines that inspire the both of you. Reading opens the door to new worlds, so select an array of reading materials from nature magazines and fairy tales to poetry and how-to books. At Educational Insights, we have created interactive reading books that will both encourage and entertain.
3. Make reading come alive.
If your child enjoyed a book about dinosaurs, consider taking him or her to see dinosaur fossils at the natural history museum. Or, if a character liked to bake, try making a cake together in your own kitchen.
4. Act it out.
When reading to your child, speak softly or loudly, quickly or slowly depending on who’s speaking and what action is taking place. Give characters different voices, and be expressive. Giggles are a great part of reading together!
5. Go beyond the book.
Reading can happen even outside the pages of a book. Take advantage of reading opportunities in your daily life by encouraging your child to read menus, road signs, food labels, and billboards.