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7 Practical things Parents can do to encourage reading

Reading is an essential life skill that helps children develop language, communication, and cognitive skills.

In one of our blog posts, we talked about the importance of reading and how reading can shape your child’s behaviour and thoughts in the long run. If you haven’t read this post yet, you can read it here.

Today, we want to review practical things you can do to encourage your child’s reading habit.

As a parent, you want your child to grow up with a love for reading. There are many practical things that you can do to foster your child’s love for reading. Here are some tips:

Lead by example

Children learn by example, so it's essential to model good reading habits. Let your child see you reading books, newspapers, or magazines. Share with them what you are reading and why you enjoy it.

Read together

One of the most effective way to encourage reading is to read with them. Reading should be an enjoyable experience for children, not a chore. To make reading fun, try to incorporate interactive elements into the reading experience. For example, if you're reading a book about animals, ask your child to make the animal sounds as you read. You can also create games around reading, such as a scavenger hunt where your child has to find certain words in a book. By making reading fun, children are more likely to want to read on their own.

Make Reading Fun

Children are more likely to read if they enjoy it. Make reading a fun activity by choosing books that match your child's interests. If your child loves animals, choose books about animals. If your child enjoys science fiction, find books with science fiction themes. You can also make reading a fun activity by creating a reading nook in your home. Set up a comfortable chair or bean bag and surround it with books.

Create a reading routine

Creating a routine around reading can help children develop a habit of reading. This can be as simple as setting aside a specific time each day for reading, such as before bed. Encourage your child to choose the book they want to read and make it a special time for them. By creating a routine, children will begin to associate reading with a positive experience, making it more likely that they will continue to read in the future.

Visit the library

Visiting the library is an excellent way to encourage reading. Take your child to the library and let them choose the books they want to read. It's a great way to introduce them to new authors, genres, and topics. Libraries also often have reading programs and events for children, which can further encourage their reading habit.

Encourage reading a variety of books

Providing a variety of reading materials is crucial in keeping your child interested in reading. It can be challenging to find a book that your child likes, so consider providing a range of materials, such as comic books, magazines, graphic novels, and audiobooks. It helps to keep them engaged and makes reading a fun activity.

Reading non-fiction books is another way to promote reading. You can read signs while on a walk, or even read instructions for a game or toy. It helps make reading a part of everyday life and shows your child that reading is essential in various aspects of life.

Remember, cultivating a love for reading in your child requires patience and consistency. Reading is a journey, and with your support, your child can become a lifelong reader.

We are dedicated to supporting you in helping your child at home, and we are committed to helping your child build positive learning habits. Find out how we can support you and your child today.


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