Motivating your child to read more may be easier than you think.
Fun things to consider:
Read out loud together will motivate your child to read
When children are young, bond with your child by sharing a good book. Even babies get value out of parents reading to them. This instills the “love of story.” Then when they’re old enough, take turns having them read to you or their younger siblings. Let them sound out a word until they’re ready for you to prompt them.
Visit your local library
Your local library is a treasure house of literacy ideas. In addition to borrowing books, check out the story hours, trivia nights and other events.
Motivating your child to read by playing word games
Scrabble is a great choice and comes in a variety of levels for children of all ages. As children learn to write, leave each other messages spelled out with magnetic refrigerator letters.
Schedule related outings
Make books more exciting by creating an adventure around them.
For example, read a book about animals or an outdoor adventure, and then go to the zoo or wildlife park. If you are already in the countryside, take a hike in nature and look for things you read about in the story. Examples are trees, streams, and small animals. Pick up a rock, turn it into a character and make up a story. Read a play and then go see the performance.
Create a home library
Build your library at home. It can be a separate room or just a corner for a bookcase, comfortable armchair and good lighting.
Suggest writing projects
Compose your books. Help your child pick out a blank scribbler or notebook they can fill in. If your child is too young to write, they can dictate to you and draw pictures to accompany the text.
Reading is truly a life skill. With technology advancing as quickly as it is, it is paramount that children have strong reading skills. In part 2 of this blog series, we will look at how parents can integrate reading into daily activities.
Motivate your child to read in whatever way works for them.
However, if your child is struggling with reading, seek assistance immediately – it’s that important!
At UP Academy, we realize every child is a unique individual. We love and honour that! Up Academy considers these differences in all programming by meeting kids at their skill level and taking them to where they need to go in the way that serves them best.