Help Your Child Become a Reader    by Monica M. Jones

It’s no secret that reading is an important part of any education.  It’s also a tool of life, needed trhoughout life.  So, yes it’s a good idea to teach children to read and read well. As a parent, it’s important for you to be involved in your child’s education. No one can motivate him or her to read the way that you can. By taking an active role in your child’s learning how to read, you can not only help your child become a reader, but to grow to love reading. Here are some tips on helping your child become a reader.

  1.  Encourage them to love reading. If they love doing it, you won’t need to nag at them to improve their reading skills; it’ll come naturally. One of the best ways to do this is to lead by example.
  2. Read with your child often. Make your reading time special, something that’s enjoyable for both of you. By showing your child how fun reading can be, you will make your child want to do it on his own instead of seeing reading as a chore. And once he starts reading on his own, don’t give up reading together. Reading to him every once in a while will create happy memories that he’ll associate with reading, even as he gets older.
  3. Don’t push her too hard. By putting pressure on your child to read at a level higher than she’s currently attained, you’ll drain the joy out of reading. Too many parents nip their child’s love for reading in the bud by insisting that she read only “educational” literature or “classics.” By allowing her to choose her own reading materials, you’ll help her to see that reading is fun, and that learning is fun. Then, once she enjoys it, start suggesting more challenging books so that she can gradually improve her skills.

Not every child will respond the same way to your efforts to grow his or her love for reading. But by taking an active role in encouraging your child to read more and to get more out of it, you can help your child to become a reader, if not a lover of reading.  What are you and your child reading right now?