Learning is essential to life, just as how food is nourishing to the body, information and learning nourishes the mind. In some household cases, children may be too hyperactive to sit and focus on reading, preferring to play instead. We may also find that it can be overwhelming, often causing them to lose interest and refuse picking up another book. Improving vocabulary and literacy skills are just a few benefits to developing good reading habits. Here are some tips that would encourage your child to read more frequently and effectively:
1. Integrate Reading into your Routine
Make reading a regular routine. If it’s a habit within your child’s everyday schedule, then it will become embedded in their daily lives and learn reading skills simply by nature of repetition.
2. Let them choose their Books
Let your children choose out the books they wish to read. For infants and toddlers, lay some books out for them to choose. It is proven that when children choose their own books, they are significantly more likely to complete it. This gives children the opportunity to build independence and a greater sense of control.
3. Set an Example
Act as a role model and read in front of them. Reading on your own shows that reading in general is important because kids learn from observing. This encourages them to pick up a book as well and do the same. When the children are done reading their books, discuss the main ideas, characters or storyline to strengthen their comprehension skills.
Exposing these good habits will help children become stronger readers and students. By enforcing routines, the more reading becomes habitual, and the more likely you will teach kids to love reading.