“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”, this quote by Joseph Addison holds true as reading enriches a child’s mind with an ocean of knowledge.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS WE CAN HELP CHILD BUILD READING HABITS:
1. READ TO THEM – EVERY DAY!
If you want to raise a reader, you must become a reader. If your habit of reading has slid to the margins of your life, you must bring it back now while you are still young! Make space and time for books you read to yourself and with your child. Practice reading every day to help them observe, learn and inculcate the same in their routine.
2. SURROUND THEM WITH EASY, FUN, AND INTERACTIVE, BOOKS!
It’s important to help kids get acquainted with books and the habit of reading in their most natural habitat. Therefore, ensure that there are enough books in the house! You can use the internet to find a few fun picture books for your child. Picture books are easy to read and interactive enough to keep them engaged in an activity. Books with illustrations are easier to understand, engaging, and can help hold their concentration for longer periods.
3. ALLOW THEM TO PICK A BOOK FOR THEMSELVES
One of the most effective ways to pique their interest is to take them to a library or a bookstore. Allow them the time to look around and explore. They’re more likely to read something that they have picked out for themselves. You can always help them by narrowing down the choice and showing them a specific section of book they might enjoy reading.
4. BE A ROLE MODEL FOR YOUR CHILD
No matter what you love reading, from magazines to graphic novels, let your child see that you’re reading. A child learns a lot just by observing the adults around them. So if you are excited about reading, they will likely catch the same enthusiasm.
5.READ WHAT INTERESTS YOUR CHILD
Start them off with the right genres for a long-lasting good impression. Let the little ones choose and pick books that look interesting to them. They are more likely to read when they are given a choice.
6. INCLUDE READING IN THEIR BEDTIME
The content often matters less than the sound of your voice, the cadence of the text, and the words themselves. Studies have shown that the number of words an infant is exposed to has a direct impact on language development and literacy.
So you can raise a reader from the day they are born! Just make it a habit to share a book and read it before bedtime.Reading helps develop a child’s intelligence and makes them more confident. It is one of the most important skills that every child needs to succeed in school and life.