“The more you read, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Reading in itself is a fun, adventurous experience. Every parent wants their child to learn to enjoy reading, but the way they enforce this idea makes a world of difference in the child’s attitude. Instead of pressurizing your little one to start reading, make reading a light and fun idea in the mind of the child. Here’s how you can do this:
- Books Everywhere!
Children grow up to love what they see around them. If they see books everywhere and are aware that you like reading, they are more likely to develop an interest in reading as well. Keep bringing up instances which remind you of stories, introduce them to your favorite characters, or make regular trips to the library. Show them the fun side of reading.
- Add Books To Every Situation:
To all the favorite activities of your child, be sure to add a book. Whether it’s a new game, friends, school, or even fussy eating, you’ll easily find books on every topic. Read these to your child, so that in future whenever they have a problem they’ll know that a book will almost always have an answer.
- Add Props:
Children give importance to anything which has more than one dimension. Why limit books to just the text? For example, while reading a story about a king and queen, make them wear a paper crown, or hold a sword. If the child’s interest is vested in the props, he/she will be eager for the next reading session.
- Gift Books:
Start gifting your child books along with toys and clothes. Make it a habit of asking them which books they want, so that they are constantly discovering new books and stories. Start downloading Audio Books and story apps (like The Honest Woodcutter by Tiny Tapps story app) and bring books to life before them.
Books are supposed to be inspirational and adventurous. If a child starts reading once he/she is in school, they will always associate reading with schoolwork. The sooner they develop a reading habit the more they will enjoy it regardless of what they read at later stages.