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7 Tips To Help Young Kids Develop Good Reading Habits

Kids Develop Good Reading Habits

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Reading is one of the most beneficial skills to develop in young kids. It improves vocabulary, increases attention span and creativity, and promotes mental development. It also enhances concentration and memory retention in children.

 

Developing reading habits in young kids benefit them later in life as well. It is an essential skill for academic and lifelong success. However, in spite of so many benefits, many children don’t like to read.

 

If your young one isn’t interested in reading, here are 7 ways to help develop good reading habits in kids. Let’s begin:

 

  • Make Reading a Daily Habit

 

Raising a reader isn’t impossible, but it takes time and effort. To encourage your young one to develop good reading habits, make it a routine. Read to them from the time they are little and include it as an activity in their schedule.

 

You can also introduce reading as a habit by having story time before bed. Read to them or encourage them to read their favorite bedtime stories. When you introduce reading to them daily, it will become a lifelong habit for them.

 

Babies especially like the soothing rhythm of the voice. Some children enjoy being read to as they are cuddled in the lap. You can find many ways to make it comforting for them.

 

  •   Read In Front of Your Child

 

You may know that young children are very observant. Studies have revealed that they are most likely to follow your actions than your words. If you want to develop good reading habits in your child, then the best way is to read in front of them.

 

Whether you like to read magazines, graphic novels, or books, let your child see you reading. If you show them how excited you are about reading and it’s a part of your routine, they are likely to follow suit and catch your interest.

 

As you sit down with your favorite book, encourage your child to bring their own book as well and sit with you. Guide them through reading and explain the meanings of difficult words. Just remember you don’t have to push them for it. When they see you regularly indulging yourself in reading, they will join you eventually.

 

  • Create a Reading Space

 

Creating a dedicated reading corner in your home can also help develop good reading habits in your young one. Your reading space doesn’t have to be big or furnished as a home library with a lot of bookshelves.

 

It can be a quiet corner with a couch, in their room, or in any room that doesn’t have many distractions. You can choose a nice spot that gets a lot of natural light where the child loves sitting.

 

A dedicated corner can make the association with reading and help in forming reading as a habit. If you make it according to their liking and preferences, they are more likely to sit and read there.

 

  • Take Trips to the Library Together

 

Libraries are a great resource for exploring new literature and allowing your child to form a relationship with books. From the time they are young, plan library trips together and let them explore the children’s section.

 

You can also make your child participate in children’s activities at the library so that they view it as a fun place instead of a boring one. When your child sees other kids enjoying reading at the library, they will develop positive feelings towards reading and the library in general.

 

Taking your child to the library will also enhance their interest in storytelling when they attend story sessions with other kids. Kids generally like listening to engaging stories. When they start enjoying listening, it will automatically encourage them to read stories as well.

 

  • Let Your Child Pick What to Read

 

You can make your child’s trip to the library extra special by letting them choose what to read. When the child picks up a book of their choice and interest, they are more likely to read it. Let them take their time to explore and look around.

 

You can help your kid make the right choice by guiding them, showing interest in their choices, and narrowing down the options for them. You can give them a section to choose from so that you know whatever they select will be age-appropriate.

 

As a parent, it is important to honor your child’s interests and understand if they want to read something other than what you pick out for them. They may be more interested in spooky stories, science-fiction, or another genre, than fairy tales. Letting your child pick their own books will pique their interest in reading.

 

  • Find Reading Moments in Everyday Life

 

Reading is part of daily life. From reading the newspaper to magazines, physical books or e-books, billboards, or the news on television, there are various materials to read in everyday life.

 

Every time you find the opportunity, encourage your child to read it aloud for you. It can also become a fun activity to do. If they like having cereal, encourage them to read the box label and ingredients.

 

You can also encourage them to find out words in the text that are new and then find out their meanings. You can encourage them to keep an eye out for reading moments in everyday life and ask about words they don’t understand.

 

As you encourage your child to read different material in everyday life, such as grocery store signs, road signs, and others, it will also develop their vocabulary. This is a good way to develop reading as a habit in young kids as they tend to be curious at this age and want to learn as much as they can.

 

  • Re-Read Favorite Books

 

Children really enjoy reading their favorite books over and over again. For adults, it might get tiring, but for your child, it’s a good thing to keep their interest alive. If your child wants to read a story, again and again, let them keep on exploring it until they get tired of it themselves.

 

Re-reading their favorite books will also allow them to catch new words every time and spot things they missed the first time around or in the pictures. Children are curious and like to explore things until they lose interest. So, to encourage good reading habits, it’s a good thing to re-read their favorite books with them.

 

Conclusion

 

Use these 7 reading tips to make your young one interested in reading. With time and effort, you will see them taking an interest. With a little focus, attention, and engaging activities, you can develop good reading habits in your child.

 

It’s important not to get frustrated or show your annoyance if they are not showing interest in reading. Try out these strategies and if they’re really not into reading, first try to find out their reasons for not reading. By addressing their specific concerns about reading, you can encourage them for it with time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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