20 Fun Tips to Get Your Child to Read – Guest Post

Reading is funWe’re pleased to feature a guest post this week from JewishconnectEd, a website dedicated to the empowerment and education of Jewish mothers, created by special educators supporting parents raising children with disabilities. Thanks to Zlaty Kahan, JewishconnectEd founder, and Bella Kahn, author of this post.

We all know reading is important.

Ideally, we try to encourage (nag?) our children to read.

(Unless, of course, you’re the parent of a diehard bookworm. In which case you encourage and nag them to put that book down and go to sleep already!)

Amongst its many benefits, reading exercises the brain, builds new connections and improves vocabulary and concentration. Children who read a lot do better in school in all areas, not just reading and writing.

When we read we expand our mind by learning about the world around us. We gain intelligence and of course valuable information.

Wait, you knew that last bit. Which is why you’re reading this in first place. The question is, how do we get our children to love reading and reap the benefits while they’re at it?

 20 tips to get you started

  •  Words are all around us! Every moment is a potential education opportunity. On a routine grocery trip, point out the words on signs, food items and the like and read them aloud with your child.
  •  Reluctant reader? Make your child want to read by providing him with comic books or graphic novels. In no time he’ll be hooked and ready to move on to “real” books. And if not? Hey, at least he’s reading something!
  • Kids love independence. Take a trip to the local bookstore with your child and let her make her own selections. She’ll be looking forward to tackle the pile of books she chose herself.
  • Read, read, read! You already knew this but it bears repeating- read with your child at every opportunity.
  • Check out what your local library has to offer. There are often story telling times and similar programs on schedule.
  • Encourage reading fluency by having your child read a passage or sentence several times. Another great strategy is reading and rereading familiar books– the bedtime routine is an excellent time to incorporate this.
  • Do you look forward to reading the next installment of a serial in a weekly magazine? Keep your child in suspense by setting aside time each week – or day – to read one chapter of an interesting children’s chapter book together.
  • Eradicate the fear of long words. (I’m pretty sure there’s a word for that, but I’ll spare you in case you suffer from said phobia.) Whenever you come across a word that’s new to your child, whether during reading or in everyday conversation, take the time to explain its meaning. Make a fun game out of cooking up sentences together using the new word.
  • Swap a regular story book with a script for a play. Your child and his friends or siblings will have a blast putting up a skit. Reading their lines over and over during practice? As far as they’re concerned, that’s part of the fun!
  • Is your child obsessed with wild animals? Enamored with her princess doll collection? Take advantage of her passion by getting her books on the subject. Watch her devour them.

[We edited the post for length. Read the whole post here.]

Your turn

What techniques have you used to help early readers enjoy getting lost in a book?

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