“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” - Emilie Buchwald.
Reading is the most essential cognitive skill your child could have. You can spearhead this development in your child even when he’s a toddler just by doing a simple exercise - reading to him. Instilling the habit of reading in your child would work best if you start as early as possible. It not only helps him with his academics, but also paves way for critical thinking and knowledge expansion.
To take a fun and pressure-free approach could be the best way to encourage your child to read. An article in Brightly explains, “For some kids, reading is like doing the hokey-pokey upside down, underwater, in a clown suit. It’s freakishly hard. And not at all fun. So it’s our job to sell it. And we can make reading fun.” Remember, challenging or pressurising your child to read could turn out to be very discouraging for him.
However, there are myriad reasons your child doesn’t like to read. An article in RIF.org says, “It’s helpful to figure out your child's reasons for not liking or wanting to read. These reasons can help you decide what will work best in motivating your child to discover or rediscover how much fun reading can be.” The article also suggests how giving them the liberty of choice can induce them to pick up a book.
Whatever the reason might be, it is imperative to turn your child’s reluctance to read into enthusiasm to read. Because, in the end, a child who reads, will become an adult who thinks.
The benefits of reading start with the first book a baby hears and continue into childhood and throughout the child's life.
It’s helpful to figure out your child's reasons for not liking or wanting to read. These reasons can help you decide what will work best in motivating your child to discover or rediscover how much fun reading can be.
When reading is an enjoyable part of everyday life, children will develop positive attitudes about reading. These tips for parents demonstrate how to make reading a part of life for preschool and school-aged children.
For some kids, reading is like doing the hokey pokey upside down, underwater, in a clown suit. It’s freakishly hard. And not at all fun. So it’s our job – as the ingenious parents we are – to sell it. And we can. We can help make reading fun.
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