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Aug 01, 2017 at 06:43

Studies show that children who read very little usually have poor reading skills. Reading is a struggle for them, and they avoid it whenever possible. Is there anything that we can do to encourage children to read?

First, it’s helpful to know your child’s reasons for not liking or wanting to read. Reading is a multifaceted process that develops only with practice.

Reading helps…

  • Focus on language development
  • It stimulates student’s imagination
  • Enables them to think deeply
  • Nurture their natural curiosity
  • Develop their ability to express themselves more clearly
  • Enhances concentration and discipline

The most important is – The knowledge that reading is fun!

As a teacher or a parent, reading to your students or to your kids is one of the most important things you can do to lay the foundations for their excellence at different stage in life.


Reading enhances language skills-

Language development or acquisition involves an interaction among these connected processes.

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading and
  • Writing

Helping the children enjoy reading is one of the most important things we can do as a parent and its well worth the investment of time and energy.

Kids will learn reading skills in school, but often they come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. As a result, they lose their desire to read. And it is that desire—the curiosity and interest—that is the cornerstone to use reading and related skills successfully.

A few tactics that we don’t:

  • Encourage children to read, but don’t hound them.
  • Explain what troubles you about certain types of reading materials after reading them yourself. Forbid as little as possible. And whenever you can, accept differences of opinion as just that.
  • If you catch your children reading, show interest, but don’t make a big deal out of it. Children need to know that they’re reading for their own pleasure—not for your approval.

Ways to encourage children to read…

  • Set an example. Let children see you reading for pleasure.
  • Furnish your home with a variety of reading materials. Leave books, magazines, and newspapers around. Check to see what disappears for a clue to what interests your children.
  • Give children an opportunity to choose their own books. When you are out together, browse in a bookstore or library. Let them make their own choices.
  • Build on your child’s interest. Look for books and articles that feature the people they look up to or entertainment they are interested in. Gift them a subscription to a magazine that would interest them.
  • Make reading aloud a natural part of family life. Read out an an article from the paper, a poem, or a random page from an encyclopedia—without making it a lesson.
  • Keep the big picture in mind. For all sorts of reasons, some children go through periods without showing much interest in reading. Don’t panic! Time, and this may help to rekindle their interest.

Ms Ritu Nagpal