Are you a parent who is struggling to get their child to read? For many parents, it is difficult to get their children excited about picking up a book. With that said, here are 5 great tips to help encourage your child to read.
Do not think of it as a bribe, but more as some additional encouragement. If children know they will be rewarded for reading, they will be more enticed to do it. For example, you could tell your child for every book they read they will receive a toy from the store.
Children love stories. They are curious by nature and always want to know what is going to happen next. If you can get them hooked on a compelling story they will be turning the pages in no time. There are all sorts of child mystery book series that are fun reads for children.
Read Out Loud
Children enjoy doing things with their parents. If you want to help your child with their reading skills you can easily participate with them. Sit down with them and take turns reading out loud. You read the first page of a book and then your child can read the next page.
Be The Example
Your child looks up to you. If your child sees you reading on a consistent basis, they will be more likely to want to do it themselves. This is important because they need to understand the importance of being a good reader.
Read Things Other Than Books
If you are in the car with your child, ask them to read all the road signs that you pass. If you are at the grocery store with your child, ask them to find a particular item by reading the food signage. Not only will children practice their reading skills, but they should hopefully understand why it is important to learn how to read.
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