But you can’t just say you approve. You must be more subtle. The ultimate goal is not for your child to read to please you. Kids will read more in the long run if they read to please themselves.
When showing approval, indicate you are pleased with how enjoyable and meaningful the reading is for your child. To subtly show your approval:
Comment on the “interesting” titles of books or magazine articles your child selects. Ask, “What’s that about?”
Show your interest. Listen to your child when he talks about what he reads. Ask questions, but don’t drill him. Avoid making him feel like he has to give a school-type book report.
Read the same book. When your child selects an interesting book at the library, check out a second copy. Then you can have a nice, two-way discussion about the book.
Notice and comment on your child’s enjoyment. Simply say, “I’m so glad you seem to be enjoying that book!”
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