Tips For Motivating Children To Read

Nurture a love of reading in elementary students.Tips for parents on motivating an intrinsic love of reading in their children. Improve grades!

Teachers will tell you, read to your children and they will want to read. Teachers will tell you, read in front of your children, and they will know that you value books and literacy. Teachers will tell you let your children read to you, and they will know you value them and their ability to read.

I know because I'm an elementary teacher. My son is in third grade and reads at a sixth grade level. That's fine, you say, but we aren't all teachers. Your son has had the benefit of being raised by an elementary teacher.

Not true. I didn't go back to college until my son was three years old. I did however, read to my son on a daily basis. I allowed him to memorize his simple picture books and "read" them to me. I read in front of him for my own enjoyment. I taught him to respect books. I showed him that I respected books.

There are many ways to nurture a child's love of reading. Here are ten of my favorites;

1. Read daily with your child.

2. Get a family library card and USE IT!

3. Allow your child to subscribe to one magazine. Let your child choose the magazine, as long as it's appropriate. Children, who are allowed to develop their own reading tastes, read more than children, who are forced to read what others want them to read.

4. Nurture your child's innate desire to communicate. Write letters to your child. Have your child write letters to you. Leave notes around the house. This works for pre-readers and pre-writers, as well. You just have them "read" you their notes and you read your notes to them.

5. Point out ways that reading is a part of daily life. Make reading relevant to your child. If he or she likes to cook, discuss how reading recipes helps make you a better cook. If he or she likes sports, then talk about reading the sports page.

6.Teach your child the different purposes that reading serves. Differentiate between reading for pleasure and reading for information so that your child learns different reading techniques.

7. Reward your child for reading! Buy him or her a book that you loved as a child and read it together.

8. Teach your child about the different kinds of books on the market. Be sure your child knows the different book genres.

9. Write a family book. Add to it on a monthly or yearly basis. Take it out and read it together on New Year's Eve.

10. Read poetry. There are many great children's poets out there. Poetry for children tends to be funny, engaging, and fairly easy to read. Read it aloud. Enjoy it. Encourage your child to read it aloud.

Children who read at home are generally much more successful in school, than those who do not. The easiest way to raise a child's grades, self-esteem, and reading level is to read with them. When I say read with them, I mean just that. You read a little, and then they read a little. Not only will your child begin to feel like a better reader and a better student, he or she will become one. The extra benefit is that whenever you spend quality time with a child, that child feels special and well loved.

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