6 Tips to Get Your Child Reading

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Gillian from LittleHeroes.com put up a great blog post outlining tips to get your child’s nose into a book and I wanted to share the tips with you. And add some insights of my own. 😀 What would life be without my input? (gotta love my modesty today, don’tcha?)

1. Vary for Interest Read different types and styles of book to your child. Don’t become fixated on the types of book or reading material you use. Every little bit of reading helps.

One thing we do here at Earnest Parenting is go to the library weekly and let the boys pick out books on their own. It’s amazing what they’ll choose! Picture books, magazines, and a wide variety of informational resources have come through the house. For some reason, the younger boys are just fascinated with a series on various elements. The reading level is way too high for them, but they love to look at the pictures and pick out facts. We just returned the ever-exciting book Oxygen today.

2. Encourage participation. Have your child ask you questions about the story, or answer questions you ask as you read aloud. If you’re reading a familiar book, have them finish the phrase.

Every day we have Fun Reading time, where the younger boys go pick out a book from the library pile to read. They love to be in charge of the titles! I did make a “I’m only going to read a book once” rule. They’re welcome to re-read a favorite on their own as often as they like, but with hundreds to choose from in the library I like to keep the variety coming.

3. Make it fun. Snuggle together for reading time, use funny voices, even make sound effects. Never underestimate the value your child puts on reading time.

I’ve gotten better at my read-aloud skills over the years, and even the older boys will stop by to join in a good story if we start getting dramatic with it. Fun and reading should go hand-in-hand as much as possible, even if I feel a little silly sometimes.

4. Engage your child in the story. A personalized story with your child’s name and familiar references goes a long way toward sparking interest.

The younger boys were fascinated with the process of making their own personalized e-book at LittleHeroes.com. A great deal of discussion went into choosing the right look for their character. I really enjoyed watching them negotiate.

5. Be a good reading role model. The more your children see you read, the more they’ll read themselves. Media attention to books has sparked interest sporadically, but parental involvement is a truly effective way to get kids reading consistently.

Studies have shown that just having reading material around the home raises reading scores. Subscribe to a magazine or newspaper, check books out of the library, or shop at your local bookstore. Just read! It’s good for your kids.

6. Read often. Build reading into a daily routine. It’s a habit you and your child will always be thankful for.

I was terrible at the whole library/reading time thing until we started taking piano lessons and I simply added the library stop on the way home. From there it was easy to put Fun Reading into the lesson plans. Finished books are put into the library bag and taken back the following week.

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Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want their children to read.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • printpostcards November 17, 2009, 7:07 pm

    Surely this is a great tip for starting parents. I agree with number 5 that parents should also be a good reading role model. I would also like to add that parents should try to know more what are the interest of the child, to avoid boredom.

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  • Web Design Hosting November 18, 2009, 4:13 am

    Thanks for this excellent post. Definitely which will be useful to all parents in the world
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  • Valencia November 18, 2009, 10:25 am

    I suuose that parents should just be a good example themselves!

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  • Travel Agencies November 20, 2009, 3:16 am

    I tried a lot to make my child reading but does not work. Your tips are amazing now my child is amazing.

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  • Surveillance System December 2, 2009, 5:10 am

    Great tips. I think I have to try these tips to make my child read at least an hour in a day.

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  • harmone specialist doctors December 2, 2009, 6:21 am

    Great parenting tips! I like these tips very much and I will implement them too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • garagecabinetsandstorage December 3, 2009, 4:18 am

    These tips are working really awesome for my boy. I always try to stress more on the 3rd and 4th tip.

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  • bioidenticalhormonedoctors December 4, 2009, 4:40 am

    Getting a child to read is the toughest job for every parent. You made it simple by giving some tips here. Thanks for your help.

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  • Vending Machine December 4, 2009, 8:12 am

    Great post! Thanks for the information

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    i think this information is not appreciated as much as it should be…

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  • Gumball Machines May 15, 2010, 8:43 am

    fantastic post. thank you so much.

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  • Vfrankz March 17, 2011, 12:51 am

    When I read to my children before their nap everyday they would always pick Dr. Suess’s ABC book. I would always read their choice, but then I would read a book of my choosing. (I think they liked hearing me say the silly words in the ABC book). They are all (3) very good readers, but their level of interest in reading books differs. They all read regularly for pleasure.

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    • Amy LeForge March 18, 2011, 9:32 pm

      Vfrankz, that’s a great strategy! I’m so glad your kids turned out well.

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  • Coffee vending machine chennai March 21, 2011, 7:32 am

    Very helpful tips for the kids. Thanks

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  • elavarasu March 31, 2011, 2:36 am

    yes I understand your nice article.generally The reading is one of the perfect skill,I think.

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  • rajeshrao March 31, 2011, 2:38 am

    really great ……….very usful tips in order to improve the reading skills…………..

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