Imagine for a moment what it must be like to be a child growing up at a time when technology seems to overrun just about every aspect of our lives. Smart TVs, smartphones, social media, 3D games, YouTube, Google... the list seems endless.
It's no wonder that it is becoming increasingly difficult to instill a love of reading books in our children. Yet reading remains one of the most important skills for your child to master.
Reading develops the mind, the imagination and language skills. Reading is key to discovering new things and it assists in mastering the essential skill of comprehension [understanding and applying what is being read]. In addition, reading is fundamental to developing creativity, self-confidence and independence.
You will achieve greater success in encouraging your children to read books if you read books.
It's no secret that parents and teachers alike want children to reach their full potential and reading plays a massive part in that. So, how do you ignite a passion for reading in your child? Here are a few tips that will help foster a love for books:
- Set the example: Children who resist and defy what we say are more likely to do what we do. You will achieve greater success in encouraging your children to read books if you read books.
- Take some time to get to know your child: Find out what s/he finds interesting and exciting. Then, help him/her seek out books that align with these interests. Your child is more likely to read and enjoy books that support his/her interests.
- Show a sincere interest in what your child is reading: Ask questions such as: What is your book about? What is the best part so far? Do you think I would enjoy reading this book?
- Bedtime stories: Remember the days when you looked forward to having a book read to you? Read to younger children. Be enthusiastic and have fun while doing so!
- Be patient: Every child is different. Children who struggle to read will benefit from audio books. They can follow along in the book while listening to the story.
- Visit a library together: Being surrounded by so many books sparks curiosity. Few children can resist exploring what a library has to offer.
- Don't force it: Avoid the temptation to force your child into reading books. This inevitably creates dissension and may build walls of resistance that will be difficult to change.
Patience, enthusiasm and being a positive example will win the race.
We cannot build our children up by breaking them down. It is far more effective to encourage your child to read by being a positive, enthusiastic and excited reading role model.
The benefits of reading books are clear and to be encouraged. Patience, enthusiasm and being a positive example will win the race.