Reading is a tremendously satisfying and productive task that enables children and adults to expand their knowledge and their mind. Many children do not have the desire to read and that is perfectly normal, it is up to us to encourage them to read. If they get exposed to the positives of reading at an early age, it will follow them throughout their lives.
- Let your child pick out what they want to read instead of telling them what to read. They will be much more invested in the book this way. They are also more likely to pick and untimely read something that interests them.
- Make reading a social experience. Your child might enjoy the aspect of reading with you or others.
- Read aloud to your child when they are young. Starting the reading experience and habits at an early age will set them on a path to reading for the future.
- Take advantage of the technology. The wave of tablets and smartphones can be used for good. These devices can seem cooler to children and allow for the same reading experience.
- Be a role model. Actions speak louder than words and if you are always telling your child to reading but never reading yourself, you’re sending mixed signals.