How to Cultivate the Love of Reading

How to Cultivate the Love of Reading

How much time do your kids spend reading each day?

  • An hour?

  • 30 minutes?

  • 15 minutes?

As per a survey conducted during the 2014-2015 school year, nearly 54% students were found to read less than 15 minutes per day. And, on an average, only 18% students read for more than 30 minutes.

Challenging statistics aren’t they!!

Reading is a crucial habit. It can have a major impact on your kids’ educational success, and their future. As per research, they would be reading and writing more than anyone else in human history. They would need reading skills to do their jobs, run their households, and conduct their personal lives.

 

Reading is important

How to Cultivate the Love of Reading

Encouraging kids to read is a challenge. Albeit, time spent on helping them read is a long-term investment. Reading is necessary for every kid; more so, if your kids are struggling at school.

 

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How to cultivate the love of reading

It begins while they are young. You must help them learn to enjoy reading while they are still kids. Just ensure that your kids fall in love with reading, and they would continue doing it, at their own will, forever.

Here are a few ideas to help you seed the love of reading at home, and to help you hook your kids to books.

 

  1. Create a home library

Easier said than done. A library is much more than a shelf of books.

  • Create a reading space in your house.

  • Design it with care. Books should be easily visible, and accessible.

  • Select your books with care. Know what your kids love, and what they do not.

  • Keep a wide variety of books.

  • Only buy those books which suit your kids. Challenging text is OK, but only if it is enjoyable.

  • Keep it comfortable.

 

  1. Start while kids are young

You got to start early. If you miss this opportunity, it’s most unlikely they would enjoy reading when they get older.

  • Read to your kids. This helps them connect with books.

  • When reading together, encourage your kids to talk about what you just read.

  • Use board books, kid-friendly magazines, word games, word-filled posters; use their school work.

  • Make reading a night-time routine, during meals, or while you are relaxing.

 

  1. Continue being a role model

Kids learn from what they see. They follow in the foot-steps of their parents.

  • Talk with them. Take advantage of every moment, and tell them about what you read.

  • Read and reread your kids’ favorite books.

  • Join them when they are reading. Listen to them when they are reading or telling stories.

  • Encourage your kids by grabbing a book yourself.

 

  1. Take your kids to the local library

Regular library visits are most helpful. Kids get to look at a variety of books. The effect of roaming between the towers of books can be astounding.

  • Add the library visit to your schedule. Visit it regularly, and always take your kids along with you.

  • Introduce your kids to all the sections. Take them along, whenever you are selecting a book.

  • Introduce them to kid’s magazines.

  • Suggest them a series of books to follow.

  • Do not force a genre over your kids. Let them develop their own choice of books. Allow them to explore.

 

  1. Gift books

Kids love getting presents. And, they value them ever more, if the gifts are interesting.

  • Gifting a book is a great way to help them bond with books.

  • Explore their interests. Find out what they love.

  • Create occasions. Don’t wait for their next birthday, or for Christmas. Upcoming July Fourth would do just fine.

  • Ask your friends to gift books too.

  • It might be just a book, but the wrapping matters too. Use your imagination.

 

  1. Organize reading parties

Host book-reading. Ask your kids to call their friends.  Read stories, or play word games.

Ask kids to tell stories, listen to them, and encourage them to say more. Then, have a conversation, exploring new ideas.

Serve the kids with snacks and finger foods, the best. Try to make the reading session as exciting as you can.

 

  1. Always carry a book when you go out

Take advantage of everyday moments. Read to them while you are riding the bus, or having your car repaired.

  • Keep a collection of short stories with you

  • Download a collection of e-books on your phone

  • Point out words and signs on your way. Help them link the books they read with people and things around them.

 

  1. Watch their back

Parents have the strongest effect on how hard their kids try to read.

  • Once they complete a book, discuss it with them. Ask questions, listen to what they have to say, and encourage them to say more.

  • Listen to your kids- what they tell; how they tell; and what they miss.

  • Genuinely praise their efforts on completing a book. Reward them with an ice cream, or take them to the zoo.

  • Limit and monitor kids’ computer and television time. Help them choose programs that both interest them and build knowledge.

 

When the atmosphere encourages learning, the learning is inevitable. -Elizabeth Foss

How to Cultivate the Love of Reading

The love of reading is seeded, often, at home. Parents are the key. The bridges you create allow your kids to work hard, and develop a life-long love of reading.  And, as Krashen has written, “Without it, I suspect that children simply do not have a chance.”

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