How to Make a Kid Want to Read.

Learning to read is one of those traumatic processes every child must go through. But one thing is learning how to read and another, very different one, is to develop the love of reading.

Reading skills are essential for every child, not only because reading is closely connected to language development, but because having the ability to read something and understand it will have a significant impact on every aspect of our children’s lives.

So, how to make a kid want to read?

How can we help them to enjoy reading as much as any other type of activity?

We have turned the imagination machine, and after lots of research, we have come up with several tips you can follow to help your children become passionate readers (or at least allow them to have a taste for it. That would be good enough)

Pick reading material that interests your children.

This sounds kind of obvious, but the truth is that most parents skip this particular and useful tip.
But why is that?

It probably has to do with the fact that we are thinking in terms of academic reading. Something that must “teach them something valuable”. Usually, we associate reading with some boring, long book that we “should read” just because someone a long time ago said it was valuable.

If we follow this principle and we give our children a Truman Capote book (we are exaggerating, of course), we cannot expect another result than hate for reading.

But that is the reality of schools and academic programs. It does not have to be the method you use in your house to foster the love for reading.

If your kid loves dinosaurs or space, find reading material that suits that particular interest. If you follow this principle, it is more likely for your children to develop a taste for reading.

Also, do not be afraid of comic books. They are great to open the door to reluctant readers. Comic books have great stories that make us feel and live things.

Book clubs to discuss.

This is a fun activity you can do at home to foster that enthusiasm for reading. More than that this is one of those activities that do not require too much elaboration or trouble to carry on.

Go to a public library or a local library and find a book with a theme that engages your child.
Then, mark a day in the calendar.

Assing a reading time for every day.

On that particular date, you will “discuss” with your children their findings, what they like the most about the story, which characters they like, which ones don’t, and so on.

You will have to commit and also read the book, or at least have a series of questions to ask them about the reading material. That way, you can check if they followed the story and understand it.

A cool way to end the book club or the discussion about the book is to ask your children to come up with an alternative final for the story. By doing so, they will also engage in play pretend scenarios to boost their imagination and creativity.

Use the proper type of book.

Now, this is another tip that sounds crazy obvious, but be patient with us.
Certain books are more suited for children depending on the age group they are. For example

  • Picture books: These types of books have lots of illustrations and fewer words. These are better for very early readers because they will help them to associate words/sounds with images, which is basically the way language works.

  • A finding book: do you remember Waldo? Oh yeah, we all have known that little brat that insists on hiding himself. These books are great because they carry very simple storylines. The true challenge is to find the things you must find.

  • Chapter books: if your child has become a binge reader (if only), now it is time to step up the game and use chapter books. These books are usually longer and have more rich stories to tell. If you can find a book series like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” the better.

If your children read books that are suited for their age, they will not think of reading as a boring activity but something to expect and enjoy.

Create reading challenges.

Since children learn better when they are playing with something, you can create different types of reading challenges to give them that extra boost required to fall in love with reading.

Nevertheless, you need to understand that nothing we do under pressure will bring satisfactory results. It is a challenge, yes, but it’s not like someone’s life depends on your son finishing the chapter before 7 pm.

Let us take it easy and the results will follow.

Create a reading hub.

One of the best ways you have to promote reading is to create a proper space to do it.

Use a part of the house far from noise and other distractions. It can be the yard, the living room, or simply a cozy hub inside the child’s bedroom.

Whatever option you go for, you must follow these guidelines:

  • It has to be a quiet place.

  • It has to be cozy and filled with pillows and cushions.

  • Place books that ignite your child’s interest.,

Creating the right space can be the difference between a struggling reader and a binge one. Furthermore, the reading hub can also function as a concentration space your children can use when need to focus their attention on something.

The takeaway.

Reading is essential for humans in almost every aspect of life. Developing a taste for reading can be difficult but not impossible.
Even though this blog post is named “how to make”, you need to understand that this is a slow process that will likely take a while. Nothing good comes out of doing things the hard way.

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