Fostering children’s reading interests is an important task for parents. Many parents struggle to motivate their children to read books.
And despite the fact that reading is beneficial for increasing children’s knowledge and creativity.
Therefore, as a parent or caregivers, we need to find ways to make children accustomed to reading and foster their reading interest.
Tips for Fostering Children’s Reading Interests
Here are some tips that you can apply to foster your child’s reading interest:
Read to your child from birth
Introduce books to your child as early as possible, even when they are still a baby, and even when they are still in the womb.
Based on research, babies who are accustomed to communication and storytelling (even from the womb) will have higher language skills compared to babies who are left silent.
So, don’t wait until your child can read on their own to introduce books to them.
Take your child to the library frequently
Take your child to the library or reading park often. Allow them to choose books according to their interests.
Introduce them to books by famous children’s authors that are popular among children.
Encourage your child to tell stories and discuss
Children enjoy discussing what they have just read or heard. To encourage your child to retell what they have read, you can ask them a series of questions about what they have read.
In addition, use creative ways, for example, if you have read a book, ask your child to take turns telling the story.
If they refuse, use other ideas, such as recording their voice when telling a story. This will make your child excited to tell stories.
Buy books that interest your child
Don’t use the excuse of wanting to provide quality books to force your child to read books that they don’t like.
Parents should be sensitive to their child’s interests and provide them with books that suit their interests so that their reading interest develops, as long as the book is still considered high-quality according to the parent’s standards.
Don’t limit their reading to only their favorite books to broaden their child’s horizons. Buy two books, one that is their choice and one that is your choice for them.
Allocate a budget for buying books
Make books a priority over buying toys that may have limited benefits. Consider books as an investment in your child’s education and create a reading culture in your home.
Create a family library
Start with a simple bookshelf or cabinet where your child can easily access books. Place books in different areas of the house where your child spends time such as the bedroom, living room, or even the car.
Exchange books with friends
Consider swapping books with friends or other families to build a diverse collection of reading material for your child.
Limit screen time
While watching TV or playing games may be enjoyable for children, it’s important to limit these activities so that they have more time for reading.
Provide rewards for reading
Positive reinforcement can encourage your child to read more. Rewards can be both tangible and intangible, such as small gifts or praise for completing a book.
Use books as gifts
Books can be excellent gifts for special occasions such as birthdays or graduations. Make reading a valued and anticipated activity for your child.
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To keep your child interested in a story, try using different voices, gestures, and facial expressions to make the story come alive.
In conclusion, it’s important to be patient and consistent when trying to encourage children to read.
By making reading fun and rewarding, you can foster a love of reading in your child that will last a lifetime.