How to Get Your Child Interested in Reading
Reading is fundamental to all forms of education; if a child cannot read properly, they cannot learn about history, politics, current events, nature, and the world around them. Proper reading means being able to solve math equations and to learn new subjects as they progress in school.
Regular reading can also stimulate a child’s imagination and encourage creativity. Through books and stories they can learn about how people lived centuries ago and can daydream about dragons and space travel and fairy princesses. Some characters in books become very real to children and they love reading about their next adventure. Encouraging your child to read is encouraging them to grow as individuals.
Some children struggle with reading and because of this, they miss out on all those wonderful worlds contained in books. If your child doesn’t enjoy reading, the first thing to do is ensure there are no physical problems that are in the way. Have their eyesight tested, and test them for dyslexia. When children can’t see the words on the page or struggle to make sense of them, they won’t enjoy reading.
The next thing you can do to encourage your child’s reading is to help them find things they would enjoy. Don’t assume the stories you love will be the same as what they love; you might enjoy fantasy worlds but they appreciate science fiction stories, or you might enjoy romances while they appreciate mysteries. Trying to force your own tastes on your child when it comes to reading is a surefire way to have them too irritated to appreciate stories.
Next, be sure you read to your child especially when they’re younger. This gets them interested in stories and adventures and helps them to appreciate books. Reading at bedtime is a good way to encourage reading later in life because they associate reading with relaxing and with being comfortable and safe in bed.
Having the whole family turn off the TV and video games and spend time reading can also encourage children to appreciate books. If they’re constantly distracted by games and the computer and the internet, they will have no time for reading. Providing a quiet environment where they can relax and really appreciate the printed page is necessary, so do this regularly with the whole family.
Ask your child about the books they’re reading and the stories they love to encourage them to read. Share with them books you read as a child, such as “A Wrinkle in Time” or even the Nancy Drew mysteries. If they can talk openly about the stories they enjoy, they may appreciate them all the more. This will encourage them to keep reading and to expand their horizons through books.