One thing parents of now-a-days don’t know is that a child’s reading culture depends on the time they devote to their child. Teachers are left with the burden of imbibing reading culture into the child; meanwhile, parents have a lot to do when it comes to the reading culture of their child.
How do we teach our children to imbibe a reading culture? Children need to be stirred not just by teachers, but by parents as well. They need to be pampered and encouraged to embark on the journey of loving to read because Leaders are Readers. So how do you then prepare your child to be a leader?
These are five parenting tips parents should adopt in order to help the reading development of their children.
Let there be a connection between what your child is reading and real life Situations.
Children are able to relate to things happening around them. Children also appreciate when the things they experience in their culture are shown in vivid examples like a primary school book that shows a child going to the market with his/her mother. There is a great feeling when a child sees himself/herself in a story he/she can relate with.
Find out what your children naturally have interest in.
One of the best ways to develop a good reading habit in your children is to find out what fascinates them. It may surprise us when we sit down and have a good long chat with our children we would find out that they have a lot of things running through their little minds. You could help them by purchasing books on what they are interested in; enroll them to participate in things that are intriguing to them. The more they learn from exploring, the more they will desire to read further. Discover what your child is passionate about and then use his or her interests as natural motivators to increase a reading culture.
Give them the free will to choose what they want to read
This should not be in all cases, but sometimes give them this opportunity. Children are naturally empowered to read more anytime they are given the free hand to make their own choices. You could also encourage them to read by taking them to the bookstore and let them select books that naturally catch their fancy. Encourage them also, to form study groups among their peers, or what is otherwise known as a book club. This could also encourage a high level of serious reading as children most times are competitive in nature.
Monitor your child’s reading culture and reward their efforts
The best way to get a child to undertake a task effectively and efficiently is when they realize they are being carefully monitored while they undertake the task. Not strict monitoring as this may scare the whole idea out of the child (and that wouldn’t get you anywhere in the long run). Rather, checkup on the child’s reading progress and encourage with a constant dose of love and kindness.
Read with your child.
When they are younger, read to them and as they get older you can discuss books of interest together with them. Reading is fun and the best way to explore and learn about the world.