I am excited to present this guest post by Danny Nguyen from My Parenting Journal . Danny’s informative website, My Parenting Journal is an excellent resource for parents that includes information about stages and ages, child’s education, child’s health, family relationships, and parenting issues.
Education has become an integral aspect of the modern-day society. In the present times, succeeding in life is predominantly determined by the education you have. As such, it is good to cultivate a reading culture in your child to prepare the child for a bright and hopeful future.
However, as much as education is important in life, not all children find it enjoyable to read. When such is the case, it is paramount to encourage the child to enjoy reading as this disinterest in reading can lead to failure in later education stages. And the following proven tips will help you.
Understand your child’s interests
The first thing you should do when your child does not seem to enjoy reading is to understand the interests of your child. Understanding your child’s interests and likes makes it easy for you to identify the kind of texts and learning material that the child would enjoy reading. In addition to this, you should get to know the aspects that intrigue and excite your child, thereby enabling you to have a better comprehension of your child’s life.
Once you have identified your child’s areas of interests, it becomes quite easy and effortless to plan your child’s reading style. This will help a child who is reluctant to reading become optimistic of reading.
Everything in life only becomes perfect when started small and allowed to grow/advance gradually with time. Likewise, if your child does not seem to enjoy reading, you should start small by telling the child stories about his/her areas of interest. Bombarding your child with lots of reading material can be very intimidating to the child.
For instance, if your child is interested in horse riding, you can have him/her watch a movie on horse riding before introducing the child to books and other reading content on horse riding. The best thing about starting small is that it prepares the child’s mind to feel motivated to read more and find reading enjoyable and captivating.
Socialize with your child
Children mostly like company throughout their lives and will rarely fair well in reading if they feel neglected by their parents. To prevent such an occurrence, it is necessary to socialize and interact with your child through ways such as telling stories or taking turns to read. This interaction and socializing enhances their reading experiences and make reading more enjoyable and fun-filled.
Socializing and parent-child interactions are often overlooked techniques that can potentially ignite a reading culture in children. Most children are keen on spending much of their time with their parents. This provides an excellent opportunity for parents to use this interaction to develop a reading interest in their children and consequently make reading more enjoyable.
Use audio books
While most parents do not consider audio books as a form of reading, these books are actually very beneficial to children in helping them find reading enjoyable. This is because audio books impart decoding/fluency skills, comprehension strategies, accruing information and vocabulary acquisition in children. Ideally, most children especially young ones prefer audio books to written texts. They find these books (audio books) more fun and thrilling to read than written text.
The best thing about audio books is that they help children to visualize what they are learning and acquire more information than they would when reading texts. Listening to audio books is phenomenal to children who are not fond of reading and do not find it enjoyable.
Develop a reading atmosphere
It is quite hard and almost impossible for your child to enjoy reading if you do not create a reading atmosphere. For starters, it is important to ensure that you set aside a quiet room where your child read in away from distractions and noise. Reading requires great concentration without any interruptions whatsoever. Children who do not find reading enjoyable are most often than not interrupted or disrupted thereby hindering their full concentration in reading.
Reading helps children in developing the ability to process concepts and engage in formal communication. Additionally, the skills gained while reading go beyond improved classroom performance. These skills enable children to expound their creativity. As such, it is important to ensure that you create a favorable learning environment for your child.
Let your child know your enthusiasm towards reading
Enthusiasm goes a long way in sparking interest. Therefore, when you are enthusiastic about reading, your child will most likely pick up this enthusiasm and become keener on reading. It is worth noting that enthusiasm acts as a motivation and encouragement to new behavioral patterns in children. As a parent, you need to take every opportunity to teach your child about the joy and excitement that comes with reading and learning.
Enthusiasm is very infectious and your child will become enthusiastic when he/she sees that you are very passionate about reading. This will even motivate the child to read more and in a detailed manner to quench his/her thirst for education.
Make reading fun, exciting and enjoyable
Reading does not necessarily need to be a boring experience, especially for children. For your child to enjoy reading, it has to be something that they look forward to. Therefore, you need to make reading fun and enjoyable through strategies such as game-based learning. When a child finds an activity enjoyable and fun, their minds develops a pleasure to do the activity more often.
For children, reading should be educative and entertaining at the same time. This is so that children can feel motivated and encouraged to enjoy reading. What is more beneficial about making reading fun and enjoyable for children is that it enables them to learn new concepts and acquire new knowledge.
Focus on your child’s strengths and abilities even when he/she seems to be struggling with their education. This empowerment from the parent provides reassurance and encouragement to the child and he/she may feel motivated to read more. Conversely, when you focus on your child’s learning weaknesses; you will definitely discourage the child and cause lack of interest in reading.
Research studies show that when children are congratulated and encouraged for every accomplishment or even effort, it becomes easy for them to overcome any underlying challenges.
This article is written by Danny from Myparentingjournal.com, a blog dedicated to parenting best practices, tips, advice, and resources.