Getting Your Children to Read for Good
Tuesday, March 23 2010 @ 04:29 AM CDT
Contributed by: admin
These days, with the evolution of technology, children have a wealth of options for entertainment in the form of games, the internet and so on. But, as a parent, you know that nothing can quite match the enrichment reading gives. Furthermore, it is the basis for learning and doing well in school.
Hence, you find yourself anxious when your kids favour other leisure forms, or worst, shun books at all costs. Forcing them to read with nagging sessions will only fuel their dislike for it. The following are some simple and less draining ways to inculcate the habit of reading in them.
Just like pocket money, set aside an allowance for their book purchases once every month. Give them the liberty to pick up titles on their own, as long as they are not too violent or inappropriate.
MAKE VISITING THE LIBRARY OR BOOKSHOP A REGULAR AFFAIR
Just like tuition, have a fix day of the week set aside for visiting libraries or bookshops, regardless of whether there are any books to borrow or buy.
Expose them to book series or prolific authors with numerous published titles under their names. Once your children become fans, they will automatically be requesting for more of these books. Be prepared to pay!
READING NEED NOT STRICTLY BE BOOKS
Magazines and comics add spice to their reading diet. In addition, their topics vary and serve to extend their knowledge within a single reading.
KIDS SEE, KIDS DO
Start being a role model. You cannot possibly convince them to read, if you do not do it yourself.
READING UP ON HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
Get them books or any publications on their hobbies or interests, and they should naturally be reading them in no time.
THEIR OWN FUN LIBRARY
Designate a corner of their bedroom for their very own library that they could run to, whenever they feel like it. Make the place as fun as you can with cute stickers, posters, beanbags or even a tent with a lamp. The trick to drawing them in, is to make it a place, they will love hanging out at.
Just because your kids have finished certain books, does not mean it is time to throw them away. Keep read books at an accessible spot or at their room libraries. Your young ones might like them so much that they do not mind re-reading the same books over and over again.
Have books placed in the toilet. As weird as it seems, you will be amazed at how much more receptive they will be to reading in there, due to the lack of distractions.
PACK A BOOK
Commuting and travelling are great times for reading. Try to pack a book or two into their bags as they will most likely read just to pass the time.
Ease them into these suggested tips with patience. Further pressure will only strengthen their phobia for reading. Do make sure that they do not strain their eyes by letting them read in an optimally lighted area, and remind them to take regular vision breaks.
However, if you find that your children are still resistant toward reading, you could be facing a more serious problem than just reluctance alone. Dyslexia could most likely be the enemy. This common inborn condition greatly hampers one’s ability to read and comprehend texts normally, thus creating a great amount of pressure and phobia in its sufferers. Should you suspect that it is the case, contact a medical professional for help as soon as you can, as it can be significantly alleviated upon early detection.