Ten Tips to Encourage Your Child to Love Reading
Ten tips for Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Reading
We all know that literacy and reading are an integral part of everyday life and a crucial skill to learn. But reading can also be a wonderful hobby and pastime for your child as they grow up. It helps us to relax, learn, de-stress and much more.
To inspire your child to love reading, it helps to start young, so here are our top ten tips:
- Incorporate books into a child’s daily routine as soon as possible. Of course, as babies they won’t understand the stories as such, but they will enjoy listening to your voice, looking at the pages and spending time with you.
There are lots of books designed specifically for young babies, which include sensory aspects to help engage them, including crinkly pages, rattles, squeakers and bright, contrasting images.
- Consider toys that help children to learn letters, sounds, phonics and words. We always advocate learning through play where possible, and these products can be a fun way to encourage early reading skills. As children’s confidence grows with their reading, their enjoyment will too.
- Use lots of different types of media to read at home alongside books, for example, magazines, comics, e-books, activity sheets, etc are all extra ways to encourage reading.
- Make time to play word games as a family. These games can really help to widen vocabulary and involving the family will make words, reading and learning into a sociable activity too.
- Include reading apps into screen time. Apps can be really helpful in encouraging reluctant readers as they incorporate most children’s love of technology with the activity.
- Extend stories outside of the book. World Book Day will see thousands of children arriving at school dressed as their favourite character. But why limit this to one day a year? Making stories come alive helps to fire children’s imagination and leaves them wanting to read more.
- Combine reading with everyday tasks. Ask your child to read out recipes to you, or get them to keep an eye out for the road you are looking for, choose what they want from a menu, etc.
- Make sure you are interacting with your child while enjoying books with them, rather than just reading. Relate items or people to your child’s world, ask them if they can see objects in pictures, continue the story in your own words after the book has ended.
- Be your child’s role model. If they see you reading regularly, they are likely to follow your lead in the early years.
- Don’t worry. As with all developmental skills, reading develops at different rates in different people, your little one will learn to read in their own time. If you force the issue or put pressure on them, they are far less likely to enjoy and learn.
This post was written by Fundamentally Children