Children have all sorts of Playstation games, TV shows, iPods and more electronic gadgets then they know what to do with. This means that children are reading less and less. Here are some ways to get your children more interested in reading.
1. The first thing that you can do is have a special area in your home for your child to read. This area should have good lighting and all types of books, magazines and other reading material that you think your child would be interested in.
2. Take a half hour every night where you and your child will take turns reading to each other. The advantages of this, is that it will help them when they need to read in front of others not be so shy. Plus this will also help you to learn the different subjects or areas that your child is interested in. You can add reading materials as you discover their preferences.
3. Try and find books that also have a movie. This way your child can read the book, watch the movie, and then you can discuss the book with your child. This not only gives them better reading skills but also helps them sharpen their comprehension skills.
4. Try and find books about special subjects, for example: leaves. Then have your child read the book about leaves, and take them outside to try and find some of the leaves that they just read about in the book. As an added project, help them make a scrapbook using their leaves. This also will reinforce what they have learned.
5. Another great idea is to allow your child to make up stories, and as they are telling the stories, you write them down. This way they can reread them after you have finished writing them, and it will be their very own made up stories.
6. Have a library day. Allowing your child to search for his/her own book that may look appealing to them will also make them want to read. Have your child pick two or three books at a time so when they get home and read one they will want to read the others as well.
7. Have a reading play date. Allow your child to invite one or two friends over and set up a reading area for them to take turns reading. You can make this fun by having two of the friends act out the story as the third friend is reading it.
Getting children to read can be challenging, but if you start reading with them every day and make it a habit it will get easier and easier for them to read as they get older. Reading also helps your children learn the English language and increase their comprehension of the stories.