Motivate your child to read
So, your child isn’t a big reader.
You’ve tried to get them interested in books, but it just doesn’t seem to take. It’s frustrating for both of you because you know how essential reading is, but they aren’t motivated. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many kids struggle with getting into reading, but there are things that you can do to help motivate them.
Check out these tips below!
Now let’s get to the fun part! Put your child to work and make this activity a productive learning tool:
10 Tips to Motivate Your Child To Read More
1. Find objects in their bedroom (or wherever you are) that use the following words: ‘she,’ ‘he,’ ‘red,’ ‘cake,’ and ‘wish.’
-Have your child break the words down to their main parts: ‘sh’ for ‘she,’ ‘h’ for ‘he,’ etc.
-Let them pick out a matching object from the room that best matches the word they ended up with.
-Now, ask them what the word ‘sh’ means.
-If your child can’t figure it out, take a look at their chosen object and say the word that would go with it: “This is a SHOE! Shoes are used for feet!”
They should understand that ‘sh’ means ‘s.’ This activity will help them understand how reading works and give you a better idea of what they have learned. It may be helpful to point out the different sounds letters make, and which sound is represented by the letter ‘sh.’
(PLEASE NOTE: This activity can be used for kids from infant age to early teens. Just adjust it so that it’s appropriate for their age.)
2. Set up a pleasant reading environment in his room or hers.
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Make sure there is good lighting and comfortable chairs to sit for hours just reading. You can begin by placing books that you think your child might like in the area.
When you feel that your child is into these books, slowly replace them with more challenging reading materials.
3. Encourage them to develop a relationship with the bookstore.
To motivate your child to read, take them to the nearest bookstore and let your child pick out a book they might want. Let your child leaf through these books, letting their imagination wander off with all the exciting pictures in there. This will probably encourage them to read.
4. Make reading fun! Set up daily reading times where everyone in the family takes turns reading aloud.
To motivate your child to read, you need to make reading fun.
During these times, have everyone wear costumes or funny outfits during their turn to read. This will also encourage your child to love reading without much effort at all!
5. Get personalized books for them whenever you can.
Customized children’s books are perfect, primarily if it is written for your child.
This will certainly motivate your child to read.
The sight of their name in print is sure to get their attention and motivate them to read more.
6. Encourage them to join a book club.
If you are able, set up a weekly book club for your child and his friends to make the snacks instead of hiring someone else to do it for you. When they share what they’ve read with their classmates, or even among themselves, this will motivate them to enjoy reading more.
Encouraging your child to join a book club will motivate your child to read.
7. Make time to read together in the evenings before bedtime.
Set aside 30 minutes every day where everyone in the family can sit down together and read their favorite books aloud. If your child loves reading with you, they will be motivated to continue doing it on their own when no one is around anymore.
8. Set a good example.
Put away your gadgets when you are with your child and give them your full attention. Do even more by asking questions about what they are reading, allowing them to share their thoughts on the story’s plot, etc. This shows that you value their time with words on paper.
9. Let them read with you just before bedtime.
If possible, create a nightly ritual where everyone reads for 15 minutes before sleeping. This will help him, or her become relaxed and sleep better at the same time!
10. Give your child books as gifts.
If it is their birthday or Christmas, gift them with a book instead of toys and games. This will show your child that reading is a gift and makes people happy!
Reading is one of the most important skills a child can learn, and with a little bit of encouragement, your child can become a lifelong reader.
By implementing these ten tips for motivating your child to read more, you’ll be setting them up for success in school and beyond. Do you have any tricks or techniques that have worked well for you when it comes to getting your kids’ reading? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!