It builds vocabulary, imagination and other important skills—and it’s fun! But many children need encouragement to read.
Here are some ideas:
Read aloud. Middle schoolers aren’t too old for this. Take turns reading chapters to each other. Or have an older child read to a younger sibling.
Read yourself. It’s important to tell and show your child that reading is fun.
Keep reading materials handy. Your house should be filled with books, magazines and newspapers.
Look for books often. Take regular trips to the library or bookstore. See what books appeal to your child and encourage his interests.
Talk with librarians and booksellers. Ask what books they recommend for kids your child’s age.
Set limits on TV and computer time. This leaves more time for reading.
Don’t force your child to read books he doesn’t enjoy. Free-time reading should always be interesting.
Discuss books. Tell your child about a book you liked. Or ask, “What’s your favorite book?”
Provide time for reading. Leave room in your child’s schedule for reading every day.
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