Getting children to read for enjoyment can be a daunting task. With all of the electronic gadgets out there just clamoring to get a childs attention it is imperative that we make reading a fun alternative to all of those other choices. Here are some ideas to help you do just that.
1. Get to know your local library – There are so many wonderful offerings, for all ages, at libraries across the country. Look into what’s available in your area and plan to attend the activities you believe would interest your child.
2. Let your child choose his/her own books – This can be tough sometimes but it’s important that you give your child some control. You don’t however need to let go of the reigns completely. To expand the reading horizons for your child you can negotiate a deal such as; for every two books your child picks that you get to pick one. Or perhaps, for every two fiction books your child picks, they must choose one non-fiction book to read.
3. Pick a theme – What is your child interested in right now? What do you think your child would be excited to learn more about? Pick a theme to focus on for one week and use this opportunity to not only choose books to read on that subject, but also to make crafts, draw pictures, make a collage or even cook up some recipes surrounding it. Example:Your child just lost a tooth so you choose several fun books on that subject. You could even expand on that theme by adding books about going to the dentist. For an activity, your child could cut out pictures of teeth, lips and mouths out of old magazines to make a collage. For a recipe: Cut an apple into 10 wedges. Have your child spread peanut butter one side of a wedge and then add some little marshmallows or raisins on that to act as the teeth. Finish off with another apple wedge on top and your finished product looks like a mouth!
4. Start your own private book club – Contact everyone you know about participating in your exclusive book club where the kids can get together and either agree on a book they will all read and then discuss it. Or, another option would be to just tell all of their friends about a favorite book he/she read recently. Encourage your child to pick a name for this club and even make signs for it.
5. Praise your child for reading – When you notice your child reading anything, even the back of a cereal box, be sure to praise them. If your child picks up a book and starts reading on their own, be sure to let him/her know how proud you are.
6. Bonus! Read to and with your child several times a week – Even if your child is a capable of reading on his/her own it is important to listen to your child read to help with proper pronunciation and to teach your child about adding emotion to his/her voice while reading.
Enjoy nurturing your child’s inner bookworm.
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