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Monday, March 28, 2011

How To Help Your Child Enjoy Reading - 15 Simple Tips

Is it a struggle to get your child to read? Does your child dislike reading? If your child doesn’t want to read at home or doesn’t like to read, then reading becomes a struggle. Reading should be fun and enjoyable and not a chore. So – what can you do to help? How can you support your child when he struggles to read?

Below are 15 simple ideas that will help you and your child enjoy the art and pleasure of reading:

1. Create a list, with your child, of 10 favorite topics he is interested in. Maybe your child likes bikes or comics or video games.

2. Make going to the library a fun family event. Bring the “favorite topics list” with you. Find as many books on those topics, as possible. While at the library, check out some books for you, too. Let your child experience how much you enjoy going to the library to pick out books.

3. Let your child see you reading. Do you spend time reading? If you want your child to love reading, then he needs to see you reading. Take an evening and turn off the TV. Just curl up on the couch together with a good book.

4. Read with your child. You both will enjoy the special time together.

5. Listen to audio books with your child. Audio books are a great way to improve reading. I can remember sitting with my son listening to the book and reading it.

6. Make reading a special bedtime event. Do you have a bedtime routine? Add a few minutes of reading to your nightly routine.

7. Is your child a budding artist or performer? Have him draw the story or act it out.

8. Let your child retell the story, after he reads it, in his own words.

9. Have a special place in your home for reading, where there is no TV or other distractions.

10. Let your child write their own story or book and then read it to you.

11. Make reading a special time. You read your book. Your child reads his book.

12. Let your child read his favorite book as often as he wants. If he loves the book, there is no reason why it can’t be read over and over.

13. Discuss the meaning of fiction and nonfiction. When the two of you visit the library, check out fiction and nonfiction books.

14. Spend at least 30 minutes a day reading together. Studies show that 30 minutes a day of uninterrupted reading can improve the reading level of most children.

15. Always make reading a fun, relaxing and enjoyable time, without stress or pressure.

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