Reading is an important activity for children which should be started as early as possible. Parents can read to children from day one, in fact even before. It is amazing what children learn from being read to, from enriching vocabulary to providing a journey to different worlds. Children get to learn about emotions and how to handle different situations. Reading exercises the mind to keep it stimulated and healthy. Raising a reader needs parental input to give your child a lifelong love for reading.
How can you raise a reader?
Share books together
From the beginning it is good to share books with your child. This not only provides a good bonding experience, it also starts the interest in reading. Reading to your child regularly is a good way to make this a normal part of daily living. If you read often, this becomes expected. Choose a time in the day to share a book together. Bedtime is the perfect opportunity for a good book. Also make time to enjoy livelier books together at an earlier time in the day.
Read it again
It can become a chore for parents to read the same book over and over at the request of their child. However, this shouldn’t be dismissed, and the same book should be read with the same passion even after the hundredth time. Children enjoy hearing the same story again and again, and the reason being is that young children have a desire to learn. Repetition is essential for children to learn and memorize, which allows your child to chime in with favorite words and phrases. This is the beginning of igniting an interest in books and reading.
Be an expressive reader
To raise a reader you need to get your child interested in books. The best way to do this is to make reading interesting and fun. How can you make reading fun? Simply by being an expressive reader. Get into the story and deliver it with enthusiasm and in the context that it is written. Bring the words to life to lure your child into the story. You, the reader, need to be animated and expressive in order for the story to be of interest. Bring books to life to allow your child to get the full experience.
Select good authors
It is no good just pulling books of the shelf and reading any old book, you need to look for good authors and find good reading material. Look at popular authors and recommended books. There are many great authors and some classic books to get you started. Once you come to find good books you can begin to fully enjoy reading to your child. It is essential to find good authors and good reading material to engage you and your child.
Choose interactive books
Another way to ignite an interest in reading is by choosing interactive books to share with your child. Children love to feel involved, and this grabs a child’s attention more. Interactive books are fun and allow a child to get involved and enjoy the other elements of the book. Interactive books require your child to participate and get involved. The pages can either have textures, flaps or sliders to investigate. This adds to the fun and interest, and grabs your child’s interest.
Learning to read
After you and your child have shared books together for some time, it is time to teach your child to read. This is the next exciting step for your child, as learning to read allows your child to feel a sense of fulfillment, while gaining an important skill. Choose books that are designed for early readers to ensure that the content is simple and not off putting. Start off easy and be positive and encouraging. It is now your turn to be a good listener.
To raise a reader you and the other members in the home need to show an interest in reading. Books, magazines and newspapers are all reading materials that should be readily available for everyone. This makes reading a normal activity. In addition, have a good selection of books for your child to choose from. You can build a book library over time and have a good collection by the time your child masters reading. A good collection of books is a good start for raising a reader.
Raising a reader comes from a supply of good books, from cloth books at the baby stage to paper books as your child grows. Sharing books and reading aloud to your child can also foster a love for reading. Use an expressive reading voice with a range of different sounds, get into the story and make the sound effects and have fun. The more fun you have, the more fun your child has. Surround your child with books and go by the authors your child shows the most interest in to grow the collection. Your child will soon be an independent reader who appreciates a good book.