Children know they’re supposed to read. Parents and teachers know that children who read — and read often — are much more likely to do well in school. For many children, though, reading is just a bore. Especially in these modern times with the Internet and television competing for their attention, children see reading as a less-than-fun activity. Fortunately, you can change that by making reading an enjoyable activity. The following list explains several ways parents can turn reading time into fun time.
- Take turns reading out loud. You can split up sentences, paragraphs or pages — it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are involving yourself in the reading. It will motivate the child to please you and excite them when it’s his or her turn. Utilizing the “popcorn” method can make this strategy even more fun by making it more spontaneous.
- Help the child create a reading nook. Let him or her decorate an area of the house where reading can be done peacefully and pleasurably. Design the corner so that it appeals to the child’s interests, and call it something special.
- Make a library trip. Set out a day every week or every other week to take your child to the library. Allow him or her to pick out any book he or she wants. Reading material that is interesting will make the child look forward to the activity. And seeing a parent checking out books too will encourage him or her to follow suit.