Saturday, 4 April 2015

How to increase child's interest in reading

Given handphone, tablet, television and other hi-tech gadgets to a child is not good, it is a real challenge to get children to even open a book which is very important for them. If they are not watching film in televison, they are either engrossed in an video games or are jabbing away at the tiny keys on their cell phone. I think reading is very important because with it can enhances language skills building a child's comprehension ability. It also promotes visual development, verbal skills and thinking skills.

So, if the children are not reading enough, they are missing out on something very crucial. This how-to article lists that you can use to spark an interest in reading. Although our focus is children but you can apply the tips to yourself too.

Reading Time
The best time to read to your child is before bedtime both you and your child are relaxed. If you do it continuesly then your child will continue this habit even as he grows older. But need you to know, it should start with reserving some time for the reading ritual. It's true it's hard to find time, but it can be as little as about 10 minutes.

Start Reading Yourself
The best way to get your child to start reading is to start reading yourself. Why? because if your child sees you reading something, a novel or a newspaper and realizes that you enjoy it, he will likely take to reading voluntarily, out of curiosity. So you have to give the good example to your child, so they can follow your habit as a reader. 

Create the best reading environment
At school, the reading corner should be a bright, quiet and comportable place. It should be a place with the least distractions. It should also have comfortable seating arrangements in your home. And you to know, don't lie down when your child read unless they read at bedtime. If you do not have such a reading corner, create one, it must be done because it's so very important for them. Avoid reading with the television on or with any music playing in the background. It distracts the child and causes him to lose interest. 

Involve your child in the story reading sessions
If your child is big and knows how to read, a best way to conduct the reading session is to have your child read to you instead of you reading to them. Be patient and listen to them. If this is done then will not only inculcate reading habit but will also build their confidence to speak. 

Let your child pick a book that they interest
Stock your library with reading material according to your child's age group. So they can pick a book they want. Give them the liberty to choose a book they would like to read. Don't give the books to those who they don't like. You can keep adding new books to the shelf as your child picks up the habit and becomes clear about his interests.


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