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There is still hope if your child is showing little to no interest in reading. You can always get your child to read and also make it interesting enough for them to love reading as well, even if takes a few tricks up your sleeve, these four tips will help in turning your child into a reader.
1. Early Bedtime
You may be thinking, how can going to bed early make my child want to read more? Well incorporating a bedtime story before bed each night and making it a routine can set a habit of reading and wanting to read.
Our bedtime routine consists of brushing our teeth and using the potty. After that I have my child go to our book collection and ask to pick out a book. (With story time, it is best to set some extra time aside so you can enjoy the moment together and do not feel rushed in the process). I then read to my child, and once I am finished I ask my child if he would like more stories or to go night-night? Of course, my toddler wants more stories. Anything to stay up a bit longer is always the choice for my toddler.
When you give your child the options of story time or sleepy time, your child feels more in control at bedtime which makes the process go much more smoother
2. Make a trip to your local library
It is great to sign up for a reading program or child program at your local library. Take some time out to make a trip to the library with your child. You can also do some research based on your child’s interest and see what kind of books are available based on that, and then you can check out the particular book of your child’s interest which will also give your child something to look forward to on the trip.
3. Incentives for reading
You can make reading something fun an enjoyable for your children by making a game out of it. You can use a board game of your choice, and when your child takes the time out to allow you to read or your child reads a book, you can move up on a space of the board game.
Once the child gets to a specific spot in the game, you can offer real rewards that your child will love. Another option is to get a reward chart and keep track of your child’s reading progress that way.
It just takes a little creativity, however, that creativity can flourish and your child can learn to love to read and the benefits and rewards that come along with it.
Make sure the rewards are something very desirable. If your child values time with you more than toys, then set a date together doing his favorite thing. If he appreciates a specific toy, let him earn it. Or let him win a chance to get out of a chore he does not like. Take your child to their favorite place to eat, or cook their favorite meal at home. When you have fun with the process, your child will also.
4. Read the book before you can see the movie.
Books that turn into movies are always the best. There is usually more details in a book which makes it much more interesting, and you expect to see the film after to see how it coincides with the book. We won’t see any movie until we’ve read the book. Whether my husband and I read the book to the kids or they read it alone, each member of the family can see the movie after the book is read. So, if your child is looking forward to seeing the next Star Wars movie, the Harry Potter movie or specific Disney movies, they’ll have to read the book first.
That’s it, and there you have four simple ways that can turn your child into a reader.
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