Reading is very important in the development of any child. In fact, researches have shown that children that read books are found to be more creative and responsive to the world around them. Young children whose parents read them at least one book a day will be much more prepared to absorb lessons in school.
Unfortunately, all over the world children read less frequently than any previous generation. They are not enjoying reading as much as their parents do. They prefer to watch movies or play games to reading books, even books with loads of graphics.
So, you are a parent and you want your children to enjoy reading books. Furthermore, you want them to capture the most benefit from reading books. These are 5 tips that you can use to do just that.
- Read to and with them
- Surround your children with reading material
- Find Books that explain why and how things happen
- Find Books that are interesting for them
- Ask them to tell the content of the books with their own words
Read Books to and With Them
If you child is too small to read on their own, read to them. A child develops their vocabulary from hearing words. The more you talk to them, the more words they pick up. Usually if there is no other hinderance, such as deafness, children who listen to their parents talk to them would start speaking faster that those who do not.
Parents can read books for their children even from day one. Some even believe that babies hear words when the mother is still pregnant. Research also shows that five books a day before entering kindergarten, give the child 1 million more words than their peers.
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When your child can start to read on their own, motivate them to read aloud and by themselves. Reading aloud increase confidence in them. This will be important especially when they have to read in front of their classes. Give praise if necessary, for their reading. But do not be too hard if there is a mistake in their reading. Just correct them calmly.
Children, especially in their early childhood, love to read with their parents. Acknowledge this even when your child can read on their own. They like to see their parents around to ask about words that they are not familiar with.
New researches even show that children love to listen to their parents reading book. And there are benefits for them listening their parents reading book. Yes, it is true even when they can read books on their own.
By reading to them, you stimulate your children’s auditory brain and mental imagery. It means that when your children hear your words, they would create images of the word in their brain. It improves the creativity in them.
Fill the Room with Books, then It Will Be Easy For Children to Read Books
Your children will love books if the sights of books are familiar to them. A room full of books will likely increasing the chance of your children to read books more often than those living in books-void room.
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People that are used to the sights of books, will enter a library and be comfortable there. On contrary, those who grow up without books will be afraid to enter a small library.
So even though it sounds quaint, filling your house with books will increase the likelihood for your children to read books.
Look for Books that explain why and how things happen
Children love to read books that explain why and how. Just count how many questions your children ask that start with those two words. That is because they want to know and understand the mechanics of things.
In a research, children appeared to be equally as interested and enthusiastic while reading either books rich with causal information and books without any causal information. But when asked which book they are more interested in, they choose books that explain the why and how.
We have huge number of books to choose now. So, this little tips should be beneficial when you select books for your children to read.
Let Your Children to Read Books that are interesting for them
Some children like to read books about robots, other loves princesses’ stories. Although the more and diverse topics are recommended, parents should also take into account their children’s preferences.
Children will obviously enjoy reading books that they select themselves. You will see the preference by looking at how worn off some books are as compared to others. It means that they are reading those books repeatedly.
Introduce them to books outside their preferences, but without forcing them to read it. Children sometimes are reluctant to read books that are compatible to their ages. They still want to read books for younger age. Parents could and should persuade them to be more open to reading books matched to their ages to stimulate their brain faster.
Improve The Willingness of Children to Read Books by Asking Them to Retell The Stories of the Book
Reading books should not be an activity of receiving words, but also a practice to use these words. Therefore, parents should motivate their children to tell the stories they have heard or they have read with their own words.
This can be practiced since your child is fairly small. When you have read a book for them repeatedly, then you can stop before you finish a sentence. Ask your child to repeat a word that follow where you stop.
If your child can write, then ask them to write the stories and then read them aloud. This is a practice that many schools use. Therefore, familiarizing them with these practices will give them confidence when they are already assigned this by their teachers.
Whatever the efforts that you might try to get your children to read books and love it, you must bear this in mind: Let they enjoy the experience. If they now enjoy it, they would continue reading as they grow up.