As a kid, I loved to read. It was a way to learn new things, visit new places, and use my imagination.
I still love to read but do not have the time to read much for pleasure.
I knew my kids would love to read as much as I did because we read together every night and made-up stories. Out of three, one loved to read, and one struggled.
Reading was torture for my son until we determined he had a learning difference and needed to learn differently.
Because reading is a skill we use our entire life, it is important for students to both be able to read and comprehend.
In addition, making reading fun for children can be a great way to encourage them to develop a love for reading.
Here are seven strategies for making reading fun:
Find books that match their interests: Children are more likely to enjoy reading if they are reading books they are interested in. Take the time to find books that match their interests, whether sports, animals, or science fiction. Get a library card and travel to the library for a monthly outing. Librarians are excellent resources for finding books kids will like.
Make it interactive: Encourage children to engage with the story by asking questions about the plot, characters, and setting. You can also encourage them to predict what will happen next in the story.
Read aloud together: Reading aloud to children can be a great way to make reading fun and interactive. It is also an excellent opportunity for children to listen to fluent reading and hear different expressions and intonation.
Create a cozy reading spot: Create a comfortable and inviting reading spot in your home, such as a cozy corner with pillows and blankets. This can make reading feel like a special activity.
Incorporate technology: Many children enjoy using technology, so incorporating it into reading can make it more fun. For example, you can find interactive e-books, audiobooks, and reading apps that make reading more interactive and engaging. Check with your local library; many have free apps included with your membership.
Make it a family activity: Make reading a family activity by setting aside a specific time each day or week for everyone to read together. This can make reading feel like a special bonding activity. Reward and celebrate reading: Create a rewards system for assignments, such as a reading chart or a book club with friends, to celebrate progress and milestones.
Remember that every child is different, and what may work for one child may not work for another, so it’s essential to experiment and find what makes reading fun for your child.
For more strategies, check out Reading Promise and make the promise to your kids. https://www.readingpromise.org/.
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