10 Things You Can Do to Engage Your Kids in Reading

By on May 7, 2015
10 things you can do to engage your kids in reading

The benefits of children reading are extraordinary, and can range anywhere from obtaining better communication skills to laying the ground work for more advanced logical and critical thinking skills. Unfortunately, many children do not feel a strong connection to books and reading, and some kids will claim to actually hate it. When a child dislikes reading, or if they are not as engaged as one would wish, there are strategies parents, family members and friends can utilize in order to instill a greater love of reading in children.

1. Start Small
Sometimes a child may reject reading because the subject matter, vocabulary or structure is more advanced than they are capable of comprehending. Starting small, working through easily accessible books, can build a child’s confidence and abilities very quickly.

2. Encourage Reading
If a child’s parents are reading, a solid example is being set for them to do the same. Reading for pleasure, or to catch up on the news or work, will have the same affect, as there is still text being consumed in either case.

3. Create a Reading Nook
Creating a specified spot in which reading takes place can help encourage the act immensely. This compounds when parents are reading with their children, because they will start to identify the reading spot with togetherness as well.

4. Spend Time Reading Together
Encouraging an engaging environment, where communication occurs both on and off the page, is a critical aspect in imparting a positive attitude toward reading.

5. Reward Reading with Praise
For many children, reading is hard, and it deserves to be praised when a success occurs, such as finishing a chapter or closing a back cover.

6. Supply Interesting Books
Not just interesting books in general, but interesting books for the child. If they are interested in cats, supply books about cats. Identifying and encouraging an interest is a great way to dive into reading.

7. Get a Library Card
Once children see the large variety of books in a library, they will begin to see all the possibilities that can be reached. Plus, once these strategies are implemented, a library card will be necessary to not spend an entire budget on books.

8. Gift a Book
Often, a book will hold more importance when given as a gift, and therefore the child is more apt to dive in and start reading.

9. Attend an Event
Bookstores and libraries often have events where authors of children’s books give small talks and readings. When a child is able to connect a book they have read with the person that wrote it, the connection fosters a stronger bond between them and the book.

10. Write a Story
Help your children create their own books by guiding them through writing a story. It could be stapled or bound and placed on the bookshelf as well, showing them that they too can create books worth reading.

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