Reading is a great thing for your child to become enthusiastic about as it helps him to enhance problem solving skills and to better understand the world around him. It’s important that your child learn to read and gain knowledge needed to grow through the school years into adulthood. Encouraging your child’s enthusiasm for reading will motivate him to want to read more often and in turn discover new concepts. Here are some tricks to try that will get your child more involved with reading and encourage him to love doing it.
Read to your child aloud every night before bed. Spending time with your child while focusing on reading will not only create a parent-child bond, but will also help him to enjoy reading as a fun activity. When your child is read to every night, he learns to read himself and discovers the importance of reading through you, the parent. You also make reading fun for your child by using different tones of voice, showing him pictures, and taking him to a different world. Your child will start to view reading as something pleasant since he knows that it is a special time between the two of you. He will then relate reading to something enjoyable.
Allow your child to read aloud often. Develop your child’s enthusiasm for reading by encouraging him to read books himself. Ask him to read aloud to you so that you can enjoy a story with him. Praise your child when he reads well and gently correct his mistakes in a positive manner. When your child learns to read by himself, he will be proud of his accomplishment and will want to read more. Asking your child to read stories aloud to you will get him excited because he will want to do something to make you proud and show off his skills. Let your child get silly with reading and make up voices for the characters. This makes reading more fun and less of a task for your child.
Let your child see you reading constantly. Even if you aren’t into books, let your child see you read the newspaper, a magazine, or even do a crossword problem where words make the descriptions. When your child sees you reading, he will be more enthusiastic about reading himself. Children imitate what their parents do because it is their parents who are in their life most often. When your child looks up to you, he will be more apt to do what you do. If he sees you reading a lot, he’ll want to mirror this behavior and read as well. You can encourage this by asking him to help you read whatever it is you’re reading. Ask for your child’s help in reading a word and get him excited about reading by feeling important in helping you.
Invite some of your child’s friends over for a reading party. Get your child enthusiastic about reading by making a game of it. Throw a reading party for your child and his friends and ask the parents to bring a favorite book of their child’s. Then, ask each child to sit in a chair in front of the other children and read their book aloud. Have your child do this as well. Each time a child reads their favorite book, ask all of the children to draw a character from the book doing something that pertains to the book. Do this with each book. Your child will be encouraged to see reading as fun and you’ll be helping him to see that reading can be a friend activity. Be sure all the other parents are okay with this first. You should even ask the parents to stay and help or at least see what the reading activity is all about.
Stick post it notes to items in the house and write sentences explaining them. You can help to develop your child’s enthusiasm for reading by helping him forming sentences about household items he sees everyday. For example, you could stick a post it note on the refrigerator that says ‘I am the refrigerator and I feed you when you are hungry’, or stick a note on the computer that says ‘I am the computer and I help you do homework and play fun activities online’. Get creative and come up with fun sentences for each item in the house. You could even ask your child for ideas so that he has a hand in helping with the reading activity. Not only will your child get to know what the items are in your house and what they are for, but he will also become enthusiastic about reading and form his own sentences better.