How to Motivate Kids to Read – In the world of kids and reading, interest and motivation are hugely important. Increased interest equals increased motivation!
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For a young child, interest in books and reading translates into motivation and readiness to learn how to read when the time is right.
For a struggling reader, interest in books and reading can translate into motivation to keep going when learning to read doesn’t come easily.
For a reluctant reader of any age, interest in books and reading can ignite motivation and liberate an avid reader within.
Here are helpful tips for increasing your children’s motivation by raising their interest in books and reading.
Create a Family Culture of Reading
The best way to support your children’s interest in books and reading is to create a family culture of reading, right from the start.
1. Read aloud to your babies from the very beginning.
2. Launch your family library with a variety of awesome board books and cloth books designed especially for babies.
3. Keep a few board books in the crib, in baskets around the house, and in the car. Your goal here is to make books as readily accessible as toys all through childhood.
5. Make reading time fun, and make sure your child can see how much you enjoy it. Your little ones are looking for you to model what is important in your family. In this case, it is books and reading! If you take delight in books, so will your child.
6. For kids of all ages, let them see you enjoy reading on your own. Keep books and e-readers around the house where your children can see them, and see you reading them. Let your kids hear you talking with other adults about what you have read.
Discover and Follow Your Child’s Passions
7. Make regular trips to the library and/or the bookstore so that your child can explore different types of books.
8. When your child shows an interest in something, provide books on that topic. I really can’t emphasize this enough. With toddlers and preschoolers, you are embedding books and reading into all parts of your child’s life. With older kids, you are showing them that reading is a way to enrich any part of their life. This tradition can continue for years – I still bring home relevant books for my young adult children, and my parents still pick up books for me on topics they know I am interested in!
9. With older kids who may not be spending enough time reading on their own, find engaging books that match their passions, and are slightly below their independent reading level. Read a few pages out loud each day, and leave the book in a visible, accessible place, without comment. It may take a while, but eventually you are likely to see your child pick up the book on their own. Another variation of this strategy is to read the first book in a highly regarded series, and leave the second book in a handy place.
Use these tips to super-charge your children’s interest in reading and books, and watch their motivation soar!
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