How to Get My Child Interested in Reading?
Reading will always be a part of learning and studying. It’s best now to help your child get good reading habits so that he/she will gain some early advantages. Although reading is only one dimension of learning, it’s still a vital activity that will help your child learn further and improve his/her language skills.
How to get my child interested in reading
It’s true that reading is passive and boring. Children might always choose to play with toys or get immersed in an online game through the computer or smartphone. However, screen time should be limited (only one hour each is often the recommendation). Although play is getting more emphasis recently because of its huge role in learning, reading is still a crucial learning activity.
It’s a huge challenge for parents to motivate their children to read. Good news is there are still ways to make the activity a bit more engaging. For example, you can start with reading stories to your child more often. This makes reading a fun experience and will help your child associate reading to positive things. In other words, whenever your child reads, he or she will feel good because the associated emotions are positive to begin with.
Another way to help your child become more interested in reading is that you surround him/her with a variety of reading materials. This keeps the activity engaging and interesting because of the variety. Also, those reading materials can still be image-intensive. Several blocks of texts are sure to repel both children and adults. But if the material is rich with images, engagement becomes more likely.
Aside from the variety, also let your child make a choice on what to read. Here, variety helps more because you present options to your child. These options and allowing your child to make a choice help build his/her independence and confidence. By age three or four, your child might already want to have a sense of control to what he/she eats, reads or plays with. It’s good to support that from time to time so that he/she can exercise his/her independence and decision-making skills.
Finally, learning is not all about reading. Each moment can be a learning experience for your child as he/she interacts with objects, people and the surroundings. Even during sleep, crucial neural connections are being formed and what he/she experienced and learned throughout the day is being consolidated. As a parent, what you can do then is to give support and make sure your child is in a favourable environment.