How To Make Reading Fun For Your Child
Reading opens up our minds to the beautiful world around us. It helps us to draw up meaningful conclusions leading to informed decisions. Making reading fun ultimately benefits us.
What better time to learn to read than when young, inquisitive and ready to absorb information like a sponge? Studies show that reading aloud to your children not only increases their knowledge but helps develop and strengthen their social, emotional, and behavioural skills. Reading to and with them regularly, helps them form connections. Reading soon becomes natural for them.
7 Ways To Make Reading Fun
What can you do to make reading fun for your child? Here are my top seven tips represented by these letters:
B E S M A R T
- Be consistent. Giving
your child 15-20 minutes of quality reading time is better than 30minutes or
more every once in a while. Children love routine and structure. If you are
consistent, they are happy, they get more from it, and it forms in their young
mind that reading is essential, that is why you read with them daily!
- Engage them in the
selection process. Let your child help choose their reading material. If they
wanted it, they would likely enjoy it when you read it to them. Do not forget
to get their opinion on why they chose the book. It would help you know what
sort of reading material to pick for them in the future.
- Screen time should be
reduced. I agree that the screen has come to stay, and children should be
allowed some measured amount of it. It is also true that they could be a
distraction. So, discuss as a family how much screen time they should get. And
when choosing what to read, vary between digital and paperback books. Reading
digital books shows them they could get educational stuff on the screen too!
- Make your reading
space comfortable. If possible, away from the room, you have your
tv. Most parents read at bedtime, which is excellent. Snuggle up together and let
them have fun before going to sleep. Whether your bed, sofa dining table, or
any other place you choose, make sure they are happy reading with you.
- Ask them questions about
the book. Ask them questions about the characters, pictures, book cover, what
they liked, what they did not like, what they would have done differently, or
any other interesting question. Do not forget to mention the name of the author
and illustrator. You never know; if they like the bock, they might like another
book written by the same author!
- Read with warmth varying your pitch and volume to convey the story like a true-life one, almost like acting it up. Your child would love that extra effort you put in making the reading fun. Invite them to join you in repeating some words, especially when these words appear again and again. My son loved the book “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Overbury when he was about three and a half, and he mastered every word in that book because of the exciting rhymes and repetitions.
- Take them to your local library. Children just love libraries. They are even happier if they have their own library cards! Many libraries run various programmes for children especially in the summer holidays. Let them be a part of it! They would soon associate reading to fun activity and make it a life-long habit.
Check out these books, your child would enjoy listening to you vary your pitch and volume they can almost feel the characters come out of the books. Have fun.
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