One of the most frequent questions that I get asked as an educator by parents is how they can get their kids to read more. It seems that in this fast-paced, technologically advanced world that we currently live in, taking the time out to read a book has become something of an anomaly. Unfortunately, it is something that I witness regularly with my own students as it is a daily struggle to get them to read.
Many parents blame themselves for this but, the reality is that the Internet and the easy access that we now have to all kinds of information has decreased our attention span for reading to a certain extent. When I let my students go on the computers in my classroom they immediately become engaged but I rarely see the same enthusiasm when I put books in front of them. As a parent, I also worry about whether my children are spending enough time reading.
There are many reasons why reading is such an important part of a child’s academic and social development. Reading regularly helps to improve kids’ reading stamina as well as their oral and written vocabulary. Additionally, there is just something magical about watching a child become immersed in a book and its characters. In some cases, they become so engrossed in the book that they are saddened by its ending. That’s the type of engagement that I’m looking for when I introduce a child to a text.
Here are some of the ways you can get your kids excited about reading:
- Schedule regular visits to your local bookstore with your children. Most bookstores have reading areas for children and you can spend some time there allowing your children to look through different books. This will help them decide which genres they are more interested in reading.
- Attend events at your local library. Libraries often have book reads which are done by authors or arts and crafts activities for kids to engage in. Being able to meet authors and make the connection between literature and art helps children to make personal connections to books.
- Set aside time to read together with your children regularly. If you want your children to develop a love of reading, you have to model those reading behaviors for them. When they see that you are reading too and that you value this time for the family to read, they will in turn value reading as well.
By getting your kids excited about reading, you are opening a wealth of doors for them in all aspects of life. After all, reading and writing is everywhere and these skills are integral parts of almost every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Aside from that, though, there is nothing better than seeing the look in a child’s eyes when he or she is captivated by a book!
Let’s Discuss: What are some of the things you do to get your children excited about reading?
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