Teaching The Love Of Reading To Children

Teaching the love of reading to children. The greatest gift you can give your children is a love for reading books. Here are some helpful tips for achieving this goal.

The most important thing you can teach your children is to love reading. This is the greatest gift that you can give them. Some children have a natural love for books; others wouldn't mind if they never learned to read. Here are some ideas for giving your children the desire to read.

Children watch their parents. From the time they are born, they are constantly imitating adults. They copy all that we do, good and bad. Reading is no exception. If your child sees you reading a book, they will want to do it as well. This can easily be seen when your toddler finds your book and pretends to read it. Children won't see the fun in reading if they never see their parents doing it.

Always have books available to your child. Even before your child can read, they can be highly stimulated by the pictures they see in books. If you are worried about little hands ruining the books you purchase, buy toddler board books that your child can look at by himself. When you have spare time, sit down with your child, and read several short books. A toddler's attention span isn't long, so you'll want to keep the books short to keep them interested.

If you have a particularly active child, make bedtime your reading time. Let your child lie down and relax in bed while you read. You can sit beside the bed, and read to them; be sure to hold the book where they can see the pictures as you read. Another option is to get into bed with them. Lie down next to them, and read the book while holding it between the two of you for them to look at the pictures.

Allow your child to ask questions. When you are finished reading a page in a book, let them point and ask questions about what they see. You can also help them by asking what they see happening in the pictures. Talk about the characters and their actions. Not only is this interaction fun, but it also aids your child in learning that the story and pictures relate to each other. Listen when your child is pretending to read the book later; they will be creating stories from the pictures.

When you finish reading a book, ask your child about it. You can gather a lot of information from their input. You'll learn the kinds of books that they prefer by finding out if they were paying attention to what you read. Have your child tell their siblings, grandparents, or other parent about the books that they read. This will keep the story fresh in their mind, and it will breed excitement in them when they share it with others. Give them a sense of accomplishment by continuing the book after it's been read.

Children often become attached to one particular book. In some ways, this is a good thing. They remember a lot of the words because it has been read to them several times. It is a good idea, though, to give your child some variety. You want to keep your child excited about reading, not always knowing what will happen in a story. Fresh words and pictures combine for fresh interest in reading more and more books.

For times when you are too busy to read, books on tape are a real treat. Books that come with tapes can be a lot of fun. The best tapes are those that use different voices. Listening to these can really draw your child into the story, and they make the story more entertaining than a single person can. Not only are these tapes enjoyable to listen as your child follows along in the book, but they are great for car rides and bedtime. It's much more fun to fill your child's mind with a story than silence. Many of these tapes are also educational.

The most important thing to do is support your child's interests. If your son loves superheroes, buy books that are about those characters. If your daughter would rather read about dolls and pets, find some books about those things. The purpose is helping your child to want to read; they have to want to do it. Make reading fun, and you will have a child that grows up loving to read.

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