Learning to read is one of the most important skills we ever develop. Even if you don’t enjoy reading for entertainment, it’s a requirement in our society. You need to read street signs, instructions, directions, television programming, and more. Most jobs require some level of reading in order to perform them. Basically, it’s a skill you can’t live without.
For some people, reading comes naturally and these children will take to it quickly and easily. Other people have more difficulties with reading or might not seem to enjoy it as much. These children might have resistance to reading when it is required for school or homework.
Here is how you can teach your children to love reading:
- Be patient – It can be frustrating if you have a child who is not reading on level or who is resistant to learning to read. If you show your frustration or get angry, you will only make it more difficult for your child. They will associate your bad mood with reading. So be patient and always try to keep it positive.
- Set a good example – If you want your children to love reading, you need to show them how much you love it, too. Setting a positive example is one of the best things you can do to teach your children to love reading.
- Make it fun – When something is fun, kids will want to do it even more. You can make reading fun in a variety of ways. Always have a fun attitude when reading, read out loud with funny voices, or animate your stories. These are just a few ways to make reading more fun for your child.
- Do it together – It sounds simple but just spending time together is something that all children want with their parents. If you read together, it will make it more fun for your children and they will grow up with happy memories associated with reading.
With these tips, you can raise children who love reading, even if it doesn’t come naturally to them initially.