Tips for motivating children to read
Good reading skills are important. But how do you get your child to pick up a book? Here are some ideas to help instill a love of reading.
Encourage children to read aloud.
Take field trips to the library.
Keep books in the car.
Encourage the reading of a series. When kids fall in love with a series, their next book is easy to find.
Choose books with subject matter than connects with your kids' activities and interests.
Encourage children to read books where they are comfortable on the porch, by the lake, or up in a treehouse.
Give books as gifts.
Don't give your children a lights-out time at night in the summer. Let them read as long as they want to.
Relax a little. Try not to overcommit your children to too many activities. Let them know that lying on the bed reading a book is not a waste of time.
Show your children you value reading. Parents should spend time reading the daily paper or a paperback; or maybe open a geography book while the family is watching TV to learn about and discuss a far-off place.
Let teens choose their own books and magazines.
Don't criticize what teens read. Talk about what bothers you about certain materials after you've read them yourself.
Sources: Pollard Middle School bulletin, Needham, Mass., and Big Guy Books Inc.