How to encourage love of reading in your child? 14 Jun 2022 Priya Kapoor, Vega Schools
Let’s take a quick poll first. Which group your child is in?
Group A- Has a natural love for reading
Group B- Reads when encouraged
Group C- Reading is a stress
We would want our kids to be in Group A. And we would want to see our child sitting on the couch reading a book when we return from work….. Wouldn't that be great? However, in reality, it is more likely that we would find kids immersed in television or video games, and they might not even acknowledge the fact that we have arrived home.
Reading is not hard, but it’s not fun enough for them. We have to remember that the more we pressurize them, the more they may push back, and dislike reading. Here are some suggestions for raising a happy reader, feel free to try them at home:
Catch them young:
Don’t wait to get them into a book when they are older. There are plenty of touch-and-feel, tempting picture books available in the market that will keep your young one occupied for a while. Until they can't read, read the books aloud to them. Make it a ritual, a sacred time you share with your children. You may gradually swap roles with the child as he or she grows and reads more than you do.
Send the kids on a treasure hunt and turn it into a game by hiding clues to find a hidden book. Ensure that the children know what the prize is at the beginning of the game so they aren’t disappointed later. We can spend some time letting the kids move from one clue to the next, eventually leading to the treasuree. Can we make the process more creative? Weave the clues around the story in the book, and the children will be eager to turn the pages as soon as the game is over.
Please carry a book:
When traveling with the children, wherever there will be a waiting time, such as at the airport or at the dentist’s clinic, we can make sure we have a book we can both read. While driving them around in the car for their football or pottery class, we can listen to an audiobook. Yes, of course, it counts as reading time! Reading a book not only helps pass the free time productively, but also prevents you from mindlessly scrolling through your phone.
Read the book and watch the movie:
There are tons of movies available in the market adapted from children's books. Pick up a great book that has been made into a movie, and read it together. Plan a family movie night with their favorite snacks once you've finished that book. Even the most reluctant readers will be encouraged to finish a book if it leads to a fun night with family or friends.
Start a reading club:
We can join forces with mothers of similar-aged children who live nearby and start a reading club. Soon it will become a fun time that every child will look forward to. There is nothing more enjoyable for children than reading the same book with their friends, and it is a very important part of their sharing habits as well as for their development. We can host a naming ceremony for the group and also have them decide on the monthly theme (genre) together.
Join a local library:
Make frequent trips to the local library with your little one to explore the vast variety of books that they have to offer. Some of the top Gurgaon schools have open libraries that celebrate the love of reading by hosting book fairs, exhibitions and reading programmes. Locate the best one with a reader-friendly environment, a wide selection of books, and displays that entice children to pick up a book and to start reading.
Cook what you read:
Does your child love to help in the kitchen? Does he/she ask you to try a new recipe and stand by you the entire time? We can take a recipe book or a printout of the new recipe both of you want to try. Ask them to read the recipe and prepare a shopping list. As soon as you have gathered the ingredients, ask them to read the recipe step-by-step instructions aloud again and take turns swapping roles. The children will get to try new delicious food items and enhance their literacy skills at the same time. This is an example of a great hook into getting a child to read. You can ascertain the interest of the child and apply this with any hobby.
We hope these suggestions work for you. While you may try these tricks every now and then, nothing will inspire them more than having an avid reader at home. The more that they observe their parents reading, the more likely they are to pick up the habit. So go ahead and create a cozy nook and small library at home where you can relax and read. The best schools in Gurgaon will always have great titles to choose from.
Have interesting and funny conversations about the books and their characters without getting too caught up in moral lessons and pronunciations. It will all come together eventually. Once children pick up a book themselves without your cajoling, there is no turning back.The love of books, and of reading will be born!
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