Tips for Motivating Children to Read
Reading is a life long fundamental skill. It is the center of all academic subject areas. Motivating children to read is vital to academic success. If a child can read fluently and comprehend what they read then they have the ability to excel. Most children will become fluent readers. However, are still obligated to develop methods that will keep them interested as they get older.
It is not uncommon for children to love reading in the early grades. Unfortunately, by the time they reach middle school they have little or no interest in reading. In order to sustain a love for reading it is imperative that habit of reading is imbedded during the early years of life. The best way to keep children motivated is to maintain their interest in the early years and continue through middle school, high school, and as an adult.
1. Start reading to your child at a very early age. It is never too early. Some parents begin reading to their children in the womb! Reading can occur at anytime throughout the day. Just provide frequent positive reading experiences that demonstrate that reading is enjoyable.
2. Go to the library. Many library facilities offer story time for children. After story time is over you can use this time to reread the story with your child. It is also a good opportunity to select other books that you do not have at home.
3. Although you might be eager to hear your child read those first words, try not to push them into reading. Children learn to read at their own pace. It is best that they are given ample opportunities to enjoy being read to.
4. Even when your child becomes that all-star reader, continue to read to them. Children love to be read to. We often forget that as they get older and become fluent readers. Keep in mind that when children learn to read they often comprehend stories at a higher level in which they can read themselves. Reading to your child will keep them highly interested in books. Additionally, reading to your child is a time for bonding and quality time to spend together. So keep reading to them!
5. Help them to read a story that is of interest to them but they may have difficulty reading. You can read the story with your child and have them select the parts that are of interest to them. You can read the other parts that were not selected.
6. If your child is reading and comes to a word that they do not know reassure them that its ok tell them the word and to continue reading. The goal is to keep your child motivated and interested in reading so they do not become frustrated.
7. For those children who are hesitant about reading, you could start with having them select the topics they want to know more about. Comic strips are a fun way to get children motivated to read.
8. Children model what they see at home. So if you want your child to be interested in reading then you have to model it yourself. If they never see their parent read then they will not have any interest.
9. Technology is a great source for many educational activities, however reading a book still outweighs the benefits of sitting in front of a computer of television.
10. Take advantage of the reading experiences museums offer. Some museums have a children’s area designed to read about the topics at the museum. If it is a science museum then in the children’s area you will likely find books about the subject of science.
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