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I've read to my children from infancy until they were 13 and then they ventured off on their own reading journeys. I still miss reading to them, even now that they're much older. This was one of the best things that I did for my kids and that I think all parents should do with their children. Here's a guest post on this topic that I wanted to share with you.
How to Encourage a Love of Reading in Children
Reading is one of the best activities for a healthy and active brain. Reading helps us understand the world and helps us learn how to communicate better. It doesn’t matter if you are reading fiction or fact, there are only benefits to be had when it comes to reading, from an expanded understanding of the world to simply the chance to slow down and focus in a media-dominated world. Encouraging a love of reading in your children needs to start early, and you can achieve this by:
Reading with Them Every Night
There is no better way to get your children to love books and to improve their reading comprehension than to read with them every night. Take turns reading chapters or pages, depending on how long the book is, and you will forge a bond and a love of reading from early on.
Setting Up a System for New Books
There are three ways to do this, but all of them involve only getting a new book once the last one has been finished. This will encourage your child to actually read the books they have, rather than fall victim to what many readers are victim to – an ever-increasing To-Be-Read (TBR) list. You can either take them to the library to pick out their next book, to the bookstore to buy a new one, or to even go through and pick out a new eBook to read.
Discussing and Engage
Reading is a pleasurable enough past-time, but reading and then discussing is much better. It is the same reason why we like to watch popular television shows or movies because it isn’t just about consuming the content, it’s about engaging and talking about it with your friends afterwards. That’s why reading together is so beneficial, and when your children get older, change this to reading the same book and talking about it throughout your progress.
Helping Your Child Connect
One of the reasons that books capture our hearts is because they say some universal truth about humanity or society that feels true to us. This can be done because we identify with a character or we sympathize with a situation. Either way, books are a treat, and in order to nurture a true love of books, there are a few things you can do in order to connect your child with literature. For instance, you as a family can go through and solve puzzles in an Escape Room OKC, and you can later go and give your daughter or son a book about a detective solving puzzles. This connection will help your child connect with the novel unlike never before, furthering their deep bond with books.
There Is No Right Book
Being told what to read and that a book that does not interest them is important and culturally significant is detrimental to the love of reading. That is why as a parent you shouldn’t try to dictate what kind of book your child reads. Instead, simply support them in their pursuit of reading, not what content lies within.
The more your child reads, the more they will enjoy reading. Try to build a bond with them through your love of reading and engage with them as often as you can, and they will love to read as children and as they grow into adults.