Simple Tips on Reading
You can inspire a love for reading in your children.
Given all the benefits of reading, it's no wonder parents want to instill a love for reading in their children. Mary Leonhardt, author of Keeping Children Reading and Parents Who Love Reading, Children Who Don’t offers these simple tips.
- Have lots of books.
- Buy books at garage sales and flea markets.
- Take your children regularly to the library.
- Read books aloud, including comic books and poetry.
- Use your special talents to make reading come alive for your children. For example, give each character in the story a different voice or accent.
- Teach children to read to themselves.
- Have a special book-looking-at or story time on a regular basis.
- Treat your child as a reader; sooner or later he’ll be one.
- Make books part of the social scene (i.e., when friends come over, suggest reading stories or reading games).
- One way to help your children form a habit of reading, without trying to regiment their reading, is by encouraging series books.
- Provide reading material that is easy and fun for children. You want them to have the experience of effortlessly breezing through books.
- Increase your child’s self-confidence by treating him as a reading expert in his field. Ask your son’s opinion about the books he’s reading. Take his opinion seriously.
- Encourage daily reading by having irresistible reading material wherever your children spend a lot of time — in the kitchen, in their bedrooms, in the den.
- Find books that completely absorb your children. Find magazines and nonfiction books about their current passion or interests.
- While children often enter reading through a particular interest — they read everything they can find on sports, for example — they develop many other interests through years of reading.