3 Tips on how to make reading interesting for your child

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Nowadays many parents are very anxious to see their children be effective readers even before they enter elementary school. They are afraid that their child lose out to others and fall behind in the fast changing pace of education.

To give your child the edge one should start through cultivating the interest in reading in the child while they are young.

Here are tips on how you can make reading more interesting

Tip # 1 Read anything and do it often.

Reading could be done anytime/anywhere throughout the day and not only confined to bedtime stories before they sleep. You can read out snippets from the magazine/newspapers that you subscribe as a change from the usual storybooks. This can help stir their interest in the daily happenings and increase their knowledge in current issues. It also helps you build up a close bond with your child as you are sharing with him/her what is close to your heart.

Tip #2 Do not just read the book from cover to back

Bring the story/article to life. Discuss with you child what the story is talking about. Get him/her to interact with the story by asking inferential questions. Use hand actions to place focus to certain items on the page which you would like to emphasize. You can also add in songs and dance to make the story move lively.

Tip #3 Make reading fun.

Make it a positive and happy activity. Never force your child to sit and read a book if he/she is unwilling. By doing so it will only instill negative thoughts towards the activity and make them shut themselves off from being receptive to the pleasures of knowledge building through reading. If you yourself show that you enjoy reading, your child will slowly develop the same desire and interest too as they love to model and emulate what us, adults, do.

Fixing a puzzle

Nowadays there are many different types of puzzles available for kids. My kids have a large assortment of puzzles at home.

Last week we took out the word puzzle that has been shelved for a few months. This time around he was able to complete the puzzle independently and took half the time he did the last time to complete the 40 cards

You can see in the picture how he is being creative placing the cards in an up-down-up fashion.

By completing the puzzle cards it showed that he is able to recognize and link the word to the picture. Ryan is now able to do associations between word and picture, recognize the spelling, spell out the word and pronounce the phonetics of the word. Next on the list for him is to focus on him writing out the words spoken to him.

A link to the write up on the word cards in the video can be seen at the ELC website

I do recommend this product to parents who want to improve their child’s word recognition ability and reading skills.