Hooking kids on reading is a worthwhile task which can help them succeed with learning in the future. Once a child gets the reading bug there’s no stopping them, and they will progress with leaps and bounds upon being given the right reading material, and encouragement. Young children tend to respond very well to role models who display enthusiasm for a task, so if a child sees adults around himself or herself enjoying reading they will automatically become curious and be more likely to want to read themselves.
When it comes to individual children, recognizing and assessing their reading needs is so important. A child who may otherwise love to read may be turned off of reading if they are introduced to material that is at the wrong level for their personal development.
If this happens they will either find themselves unable to cope, or find that the reading material is boring to them. Either way they will start to dislike reading and this can affect how they feel about it for life.
Special needs of any child needs to be considered when reading is introduced and extra time spent with children who are at first slow to learn.
Praise goes a long way in encouraging a child to read as they usually desperately want to please their caregiver and be seen to be doing well with their accomplishments.
Finding reading material which is relevant to the children’s cultural background can be useful, as can introducing material that is lively and interesting to the children.
As they are able to comprehend pictures before they are able to read, books that contain pictures to illustrate words or stories can have a greater impact than books without any pictures.
When I was at school we were made to read out loud whether we wanted to or not. Some children may find this a daunting task if they are shy and far from building confidence it can make them feel alienated from the better readers as it becomes obvious.
It can be a good idea to let those who are happy to read out loud do so, without forcing this upon those who would rather read quietly by themselves.
Most children’s favorite times to have books around are for their bedtime story last thing at night. Encouraging them to join in with the story and to read a little at this time will help them to begin to associate reading with enjoyment and they will be keen to carry on.