How to make reading interesting for your kids

As parents, we all want the very best for our kids. But oftentimes we don’t realise just how simple and effective reading to our children can be. Books are a fantastic way to start discussing, sharing stories, and interacting with your child. Books are the best source for your child to go to the world of imagination, books give the power to human beings to create imaginary images, personalities, characters of almost whatever one reads. Reading to your child, at any age, will help them improve their creativity, thereby strengthen their right brain, deepen your emotional bond with your child and make them book lovers for life. It only takes a few books, little motivation, and also some time to help them become lifelong readers.

It’s never too early to start reading to your kids. Reading is a form of language that is easily transferable from parents to children. By reading to children regularly, parents are able to both introduce words into their children’s vocabulary and also to help them better understand these words.

Now that you have decided to introduce reading to your kid, let’s take a look at how you can make it interesting.

Allow your child to choose books: It’s important to invest time in reading books that interest children. Let your child choose books; the child will feel involved in the entire process of book-reading. In case your toddler loves aeroplanes, choose a book which has aeroplanes as the main character, having lots of colourful pictures of aeroplanes becomes an added advantage. Your toddler will definitely look forward to your daily reading time.

Make reading time interactive: While reading to toddlers, ask them questions to stimulate participation, comprehension, and connection. The ultimate reading skill is comprehension! It’s pointless to read if we don’t grasp what we’re reading. We may assist our children develop these critical reading abilities by taking a more natural, easy-going approach as parents. You can ask your child “Did you notice the house was red in colour?” or “Can you spot a ladybird on this page?”

Read Aloud: Families can improve literacy skills, reinforce knowledge-based learning, and improve communication by reading aloud together. While reading aloud we use voice modulation and intonation, which makes reading aloud even more fun for the kids. It will not only help in developing communication skills but also improve their social skills.

Reward: Make sure that you reward your child by appreciating them. Appreciate them when they recognise a picture of a fruit correctly during your reading time. You can also reward them with a small star sticker or a treat that will encourage them to read everyday.

Get Creative: Once a book is read aloud, encourage your child to get creative either by drawing characters from the book, or learning creatively the new words learned from the book. Anything that encourages you and your child to communicate verbally is a win-win situation.

Be a role model: Children observe parents & follow their footsteps. If you as a parent go online for getting information or are hooked to the gadgets, you cannot expect your child to be an exceptional book lover. Allow a family routine where everybody reads their individual books.

Don’t force them: Finally, accept it, if your kid is not enjoying books. It is critical that you do not force kids to read since they must have a positive association with books in order to enjoy reading.

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