Teaching your chidren to read exposes them to more opportunities in life. They can go anywhere and do anything through books. But in today’s age of ipods and video games often the last thing your children want to do is to learn to read. However, you can overcome your child’s disdain of learning with some fun and simple tricks. Carrying out a few of these ideas will encourage your kids to start reading on their own.
Example Is Better Than Preaching
You cannot expect your children to love anything that you personally dislike.Yes, your kids are smarter than you might believe!. If you want your kids to be avid readers you have to be one too. It can be books, magazines, or even lovely coffee table books full of pictures. Just let them see you reading and encourage them to read often together.
Reading to Your Kid
Kids love being read aloud to. Sitting together in bed and reading is a great way to spend quality time with them. Even older children like to be read to, especially while they are involved in other hands-on type activities.
Create A Reading Environment
Make a reading corner in your house.You can create a specific theme also. Fix up a cozy corner with beanbag chairs, or a large overstuffed pillow, a small bookcase. You won’t have to look far when they get quiet to find them.Encouraging them to read will also significantlyreduce the noise level in your home! Once they start using the place, you may find that your home is a lot quieter too!
Leave Books Around Your Home
Always Leave books lying around. Place books in the bathroom, on their nightstands, in the living room and even in the kitchen. When they are bored they will pick them up out of curiosity.
Get a Library Card
Get them their own library card. Children love having their own library cards and checking out books they choose, on their own.
Got to the Library Often
Visit the library often. Schedule a regular library day, and just let them sit and read for a while in the library. Take advantage of your local library’s programs, such as story times, to help capture a child’s interest in books.Of course, if they see you doing the same, it will reinforce this habit.
Throw Out Book Teasers
Drop tantalizing hints about a book. Start reading one yourself that your children might like and “share” some tempting tidbits. When they want to know what happens – say , “Oh you will have to read it for yourself, you won’t believe it!”
Watch The Movie First
Watch a dvd about a book. Then say, “I wonder how close that was to the book? Maybe we should read that.”
Make Your Own Books
Let them make their own books. Younger children especially love this. Something as simple as plain paper stapled together becomes a timeless treasure when they write their own stories. Let younger children tell you the story and you write it out and they illustrate it. And if they’re really good, you might be able to make a quick buck or two.