Most parents believe that knowledge is a lifelong pursuit, one often attained through the power of reading. That’s why parents often look for ways to get their kids to enjoy reading rather than doing it because it’s required.
If your child doesn’t like reading as much as you’d hope, fear not. There are several steps you can take to help them warm up to the joys of reading.
Create a Reading Space
Setting up a comfortable reading area may encourage your children to spend time snuggled up with a good book. If you set a rule that the reading space is specifically for reading, your children will be more incentivized to explore books while they relax. A cozy, welcoming environment is often its own reward, so creating a space your kids like is a big help.
Read with the Kids
Spending time reading aloud with your kids is not only a good way to get them interested in reading, but it also gives your family a positive activity to do together. If your children are too young to read out loud, read to them and let them look at the text on the pages. If your children are old enough to read, take turns reading out loud to one another.
Visit Your Local Library
To ensure your children always have something new to read, it’s a great idea to take a trip to your local library. In addition, public libraries often host storytimes and other reading events that encourage young people to get involved with literature.
Libraries carry a massive number of books, audiobooks, and visual media, so there’s a good chance even picky readers can find something that will interest them. Don’t balk if your child wants to read a graphic novel – there’s plenty to read in them, too!
Discuss Your Books
Part of the fun involved with reading is discussing the stories with others. Whether you and your children are reading a book together or you’re reading your own books separately, discussing the stories you’re reading can pique their interest. Engage with your children and ask questions about the characters, plots, and their opinions on the story. Your interest in what they’re reading will inspire them to keep going so they can talk about what happens next.
Remember, reading is both a hobby and a skill, so if your child is struggling in one way or the other, it’s important to encourage and support their efforts. As their comprehension increases and they start seeing the benefits of family reading time, they’ll find themselves more and more willing to pick up a book when free time permits it.