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May
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May

Intervention

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Tips For Motivating Your Children To Read

 

Tips For Motivating Your Children To Read

Nurture a love of reading in your child. Tips for parents on

motivating an intrinsic love of reading in your child. Improve

their reading!  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 school 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 as three years old.  I did however, read to my son on a daily basis. I allowed him to memorize him 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 along 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 every day 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 your loved as a child and read it together.

  1. 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 don’t. 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, you build a special bond with them.