Saturday, February 12, 2011

Motivating our children to read

As writers and parents it’s important for us to try and instill a love of reading and writing in our children. After all we do read and we do write, therefore, what’s keeping us from passing on our passion to our children?

The earlier we expose them to these two elements the higher probability they will retain them.

When a child is born, sit and read to them. Who cares if they can’t understand? It’s the connecting ‘togetherness’ that is important, and eventually, as they age, you buy them appropriate age-level books and allow them to read to you. It all depends on the parent and the surrounding material they offer a child at a young age: comic books, coloring books with short sentences in them, childrens magazines.

Tips to get your child motivated and encouraged to read:

A child mimics so if they see a parent reading they may be inclined to join them with his own book for a ‘together’ moment of reading pleasure. 

  Alternate reading to each other; first the parent reads a page of the child’s favorite book, and the child reads the next page. This is, of course, when a child is able to read. 

Spending time at a bookstore or library will help curb the television or computer appetite.

Register them for reading time at the local library.

Read a book and then together with your child act out the characters in the story. Not only is this fun but it helps them understand what the characters are experiencing.

Ask family and friends to purchase books either along with a birthday gift or on its own for your child. Make sure to tell them what the child loves to read: dragons, puzzle books, cars, etc.

Along with your child set up his very own reading corner with a comfy chair/beanbag/big, fluffy pillow. 

These are just some ideas to inspire a reading enhancement between you and your child.

What methods have you tried to encourage reading or writing in your child?

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