A few months ago, I saw two children sitting on a bench in their cute kids clothes reading actual books! They weren’t looking at iPads, iPods, Kindles, or other electronic devices; those two kids were reading books with pages and paper. I was amazed. Seeing children reading actual books they can hold and feel is rare.
Today’s technology does encourage children to read, but still, it is sometimes difficult for parents to get their kids to read. There are all sorts of creative ways to encourage reading. For example, it might be fun to have your little ones dress up in little girls clothes and pretend they are characters in a story. Bedtime stories can become a family tradition.
How to Make Reading Fun:
Read to your children every day.
Encourage daily reading no matter how old your child is.
When your child is able to read on his or her own, have your child read aloud to you or take turns reading paragraphs or chapters in books.
Look for books with subjects and stories that interest your child.
Act out stories. For example, your little one will enjoy dressing up in baby clothes for girls, toddler girls clothes, or girls clothing 7-16 and pretending she is a character from a favorite book from the American Girl series.
Every child should have his or her own library card. Visit the library at least twice a month and check out lots of books.
Make sure there are comfortable areas in your house with adequate light where your children can read.
Have your family listen to books, dramas, and stories on CD in your car.
Discuss stories and books with your children.
Tips for Encouraging Kids to Read
The author of this article is Jo Ann Schneider Farris, About.com’s Guide to Figure Skating and the mother of three children.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.