Knowledge can be gained by reading. If you want your children to be smart, they have to acquire a love for reading. The love of reading have so many benefits:
- Build vocabulary
- Boost imagination and creativity
- Enhance kids’ social skills
- Improve concentration
Here are 10 tips to make reading fun for kids:
- If you see your child reading when you aren’t, grab your own book and cozy up to read beside him. A cozy place can be a special chair, or even a pile of pillows.You should also read together and share the ideas containing in the story. At the end of the books, you can encourage your child to talk about what he or she read or heard. That’s will make you a reading companions and excite your child.
- Let your child help you choose what book to read. This will help you keep the child’s interest, and it makes him feel important. Visiting a library regularly makes choosing books easy and fun.
- Read school books before your child goes to school. Read a bio of a favorite baseball or football player before you go to stadium or sport center. That will bring book to life.
- Always make the material available. Place books at visible place, don’t hide them in corners.
- Show the pictures as you read. Not only do the pictures help a child understand and connect to the book, the illustrations often add humor and whimsy to fiction.
- Help your kids think outside the box. Encourage them to do everything they can, including comics, game, and kid-friendly websites.
- Try to read out loud. Also, try to change your voice to go with the characters and the action. You don’t have to be an actor, but you can at least bring emotions to engage your children. Do not rush, read slowly and watch your kids’ reactions.
- Read every day, even if you only have a few minutes. This create an important routine and your kids will look forward to this special time.
- For birthdays and holidays, give your children books, just as you would a toy. Write a personal note on the inside cover so your children understand how much this book means to you. If you cherish it, they probably will too. And when your kids do receive a book as a gift, keep it in a special place.
- Kids of all ages like a good adventure. Try to turn a trip to your library or local bookstore into an anticipated event. Help your kids sign up for a library card. Not only will they feel more grown up with responsibilities, but they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and possession over their reading abilities.