Are you looking for ways to encourage a love of reading in your child? Starting at an early age is important, but it is never too late to get your child more interested in books. Here are a few tips to get your child to love books and to raise a reader.
- Make reading together a daily habit. Set aside time every day where you and your child read together. Your child will look forward to this time spent together with mom or dad’s undivided attention and the opportunity to share a special story. As they get older, you can still do this but have your child select a book to read on their own and then talk to them about what they read.
- Be a model. Have your child see you reading books of your own. Children who see their parents reading are more likely to be interested in reading themselves. So grab a book and teach them by doing!
- Make regular trips to the library. Get your child excited about books with a trip to the library. Seeing all of the different choices available to them and colorful cover pages will have them reaching for multiple books. Since there is a time limit on checking out books, they will be motivated to read each one and then exchange for new titles.
- Designate a reading area in the home that is free from other distractions. Make a comfortable spot that is used for reading and does not compete with other activities. If we create spaces that are associated with specific tasks, we are more likely to continue to engage in them.
- Put their accomplishments in a visual format. Create a reading graph of all the books that a child reads. Children love to see their accomplishments and making a reading graph is something to be proud of!
NSPT offers reading and tutoring services in Bucktown, Evanston, Highland Park, Lincolnwood, Glenview and Des Plaines. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (877) 486-4140 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates today!