Tips To Help Your Child Fall In Love With Reading

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Tips To Help Your Child Fall In Love With Reading

We are all aware of the importance of reading, but it is one area that seems to be uncommon in todays homes.  Reading at home is invaluable to your child’s academic development.  The research shows that if a child has one-on-one reading time and access to books at home, they are more likely to improve their literacy skills in the future.  The opposite is true as well.  If a child does not have access to books and one-on-one reading at home, they will most likely fall behind in school.  Studies show that the absence of parental involvement can lower average reading scores by about 75%.  Just think what a little bit of reading at home could do for your child.  

One the biggest factors when getting a child to read is setting a routine.  By setting a routine you are eliminating any surprises, which helps children feel more comfortable and stable.  It’s important to not push your child and try to to over teach.  Sometimes, when you teach your child you may take all the fun out of reading, because they may feel that you are putting them on the spot.  If they stumble over a word, just supply the word rather than having them sound it out.  Remember your goal is to keep them excited about the book and the only way to do that is to continue moving forward with the story.

The best advice for parents is to lead by example.  Parents that take time to read instead of turning on the TV, find that their children read more often.  Also, many parents prematurely stop reading to their children because the child can now read.  Children who can read but their parents do not read to them are more likely to become disinterested in reading.  Their imagination craves more than their simple books are providing.  A great habit to get into is to go to the library with your child and pick up a book that is beyond their level, so you can read to them before bed or any other set reading time.  This is a great way to encourage children to take reading to the next level with chapter books and then series books. If you find your child is not invested in the book you chose, it might be too much too fast.  I suggest finding a smart comic book.  Comic books are less intimidating and are usually a great bridge for chapter books.

Hope this helps with reading in your home.