If you like to read, it is hard to fathom that your child does not. You try to push them as hard as you can to read. The problem is your offspring is resistant. Some children take to reading while others avoid it like the plague. How do you raise a child to read when all he or she wants to do is play? Is it possible for your child to fall in love with reading later in life? Here are a few ideas to help you help your child to read and to LIKE reading.
The best thing to do to promote reading is to read to your child while your child is still in the womb. Your baby can hear you and it is a great way to bond with baby. Reading aloud to your unborn baby will help get you in a routine of reading aloud.
Get into a routine of reading aloud to your child. Even if your child is ten years old, read to him or her. I remember by mother reading to me and my brother as we ate breakfast and got ready for school. She would sometimes read “Ten Minute Mysteries” to us. Then, we would always guess what happened after putting the clues together. It was actually a lot of fun.
Have your child read to you. While your child is reading, ask questions about the book. When the book is over be sure to question your child about the book. Your child will enjoy talking to you as well as “the” reading.
I used to read to my daughter. Now, she reads to me. I believe she likes to read because it was a habit she grew into. She does not read all the time on her own, but she likes to read to me.
I think children like to spend time with their parents. If reading is a way for them to get your full attention, they will aspire to do it. I have two children, so my oldest will wait until the youngest is asleep and then, she will read to me.
Make reading fun. You can make a game out of reading. Whatever you are reading you can turn it into a play. My daughter was reading about a cat and dog. She became those characters as she read. She was having fun and enjoying reading.
Keep your schedule open to pay full attention to your reader and the story being read. Children like to feel “in charge” and get attention. Reading can provide those outlets. Read, be read to, ask questions about the book, and make reading fun. With these tips your child will become a great reader.