Reading is EVERY subject. Encouraging your child to read will boost their academic skills. If your child reads fluently and understands what they read then they will excel and become fluent readers.
Getting your child to love reading is much easier in the primary grades. Encourage your child to read by making reading a habit. The best way to keep children motivated is to maintain their interest in the early years and continue through middle school, high school, and as an adult.
Encourage Your Child to Read
1. Start reading to your child at a very early age. It is never too early. Some parents begin reading to their children in the womb! Reading can occur at any time throughout the day. Just provide frequent positive reading experiences that demonstrate that reading is enjoyable.
2. Go to the library. Many library facilities offer story time for children. After story time is over you can use this time to reread the story with your child. It is also a good opportunity to select other books that you do not have at home.
3. Children learn to read at their own pace. Give your child ample opportunities to enjoy reading. If your child experiences a delay in kindergarten then you can get an opinion to see if your child may need additional assistance.
4. Even when your child becomes an excellent reader, continue to read to your child. Children love to be read to. We often forget that as they get older and become fluent readers. Keep in mind that when children learn to read they often comprehend stories at a higher level in which they can read themselves. Reading to your child will keep them highly interested in books. Additionally, reading to your child is a time for bonding and quality time to spend together. So keep reading to them!
5. Help your child read a story that is of interest to them but they may have difficulty reading. You can read the story with your child and have them select the parts that are of interest to them. The other parts that your child didn’t select, you can read.
6. Help guide them as they read aloud. If your child is reading and comes to a word that they do not know reassure them that its ok tell them the word and to continue reading. The goal is to keep your child motivated and interested in reading so they do not become frustrated.
7. Let your child choose subjects they are interested in learning about. If your child is hesitant about reading, you could start with having them select the topics they want to know more about. Comic strips are a fun way to get children motivated to read.
8. Children model what they see at home. So if you want your child to be interested in reading then you have to model it yourself. If they never see you read then they will not have any interest.
9. Use computers in moderation. Technology is a great source for many educational activities, however reading a book still outweighs the benefits of sitting in front of a computer or television.
10. Take advantage of the reading experiences museums offer. Some museums have a children’s area designed to read about the topics at the museum. If it is a science museum then in the children’s area you will likely find books about the subject of science.
All the best,