One of the most important things you can ever teach your children is how to appreciate reading. But for some children, learning to read can be a very challenging adventure. There can also be a lot of stress and pressures on the child to be able to read and read well. It’s a skill they will take with them throughout their life as well.
This is why it is important for you to help encourage your child by teaching them to read. One of the best ways you can do this is to make reading fun and to set a good example yourself. When you show your children that reading is a pleasurable activity, they will be more likely to want to do it for themselves. Something that a child wants to do will always be done well and with more enthusiasm.
So here are some ways to make reading fun:
• Reading buddy- pair the younger child with an older child and have them read together as “buddies”. They can then read a book together aloud with the older child there to help the younger one.
• Bedtime reading- this is an old classic that all children love. It’s a chance to bond and to help your child relax and spend quality time with you before bed. It also makes reading fun when it’s combined with quality time with a parent.
• Popcorn reading- in this activity, you read aloud and your child can call “popcorn” when he/she comes across a word that is difficult. When the reader says “popcorn”, it becomes the other person’s turn to read.
• Flashlight reading- when it’s late at the end of the day and your child is growing tired already, grab a flashlight and a favorite book and snuggle up to read. You might even create a fort out of blankets and crawl into it together for flashlight reading.
• Pop up word- choose one of the words that your child often has a hard time reading and then play a game where each of you stand up each time this word is read. This will help your child remember the word due to the activity involved.
• Reading nook- create your own special reading nook somewhere in the house. Have your child help you decorate it and make it extra special.
Sometimes all it takes to make reading fun is to mix it up a little and try something new and different. On a sunny and warm day, head outside and read in the grass, take your child’s favorite book to the park and read from the swings or read to small children while in the bath. It’s all about finding new ways to make it fun. Now that you know these ways to make reading fun, all you have to do is start putting them into practice with your children.