7 Tips to Raise a Reader
7 Tips to Raise a Reader
From the moment you hold your baby in your arms, you start to listen to people tells you to talk to him and read to him, but it’s not always the people who tell you that are talking about the reading itself or how to raise a child how loves books, but they tell you that only to make your child talk quickly.
And no one tells you what to do to raise a child who loves books and reading.
Reading is the first stage of intellectual development in young children, it strengthens their ability to focus, self-confidence and grow their vocabularies.
And because the first 6 years of your child’s life are the crucial years in shaping a child’s desires and inclinations, so it’s the best time to start making your child loves books and reading but not all of us know how to start, so these are some tips to help you raise a reader: 1- Begin Early: Create cozy time between you and your child and read out loud to him in his first months, there is no specific genre you can start with, you can read a cookbook if you want, but try to make your words clear to him that will make him loves stories and wide his imagination.
2- Read to Him Throughout the Day: Nightly bedtime reading is familiar for parents of toddlers it helps your child to relax and feel comfortable, but reading through the day is better for focus, don’t be timed and enjoy the time you spend with your child.
3- Be the Role Model: Children pick up their habits from their parents, if your child saw you always reading and enjoying it, he’ll start doing what you do.
And beyond just letting your kids catch you reading, talk to them about what you read. Or what you have learned from reading a recent book.
From these conversations it will help your child consider reading with discovering new ideas and information.
4- Do not pressure your child: Under no circumstance do not lose the joy of reading with your child and the chance of him loving books by pressuring him to learn reading. He will learn to read sooner or later, but if you forced him to do that, he won't consider reading as a hobby in the future.
5- Make your Child a Personal Library: Children love possessions, familiarizing children with the fact that a book is one of their possessions, training them to preserve and respect it contributes to a child's love of reading.
Make the library together and let him choose how it looks like, that would help him to make his own decisions.
6- Respect his own Preferences: Give him the space to choose the book he wants to read, even if you see it doesn’t add educational value, don’t force him to read something he does not like, but you can suggest new subjects to read about.
Don’t caught up with your own reading that you ignore your child’s comments, respond to him and continue.
7- Do not stop Reading with your Child: After your child starts to read with his own do not take out the joy and coziness of reading together, make it a habit for you too even one times a week and always discuss with him what he reads.
And here are some book suggestions that you could add to your child’s library:
1- The Five Adventurers Series
2- The Impossible Man Series
3- The Little Prince
4- The Girl Who Didn't Like Her Name
5- Hello Is Anybody There
6- The Foxes Hotel
7- The Sandwich Swap
8- My New Friend
10- Alice in Wonderland
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