Reading habit is the best habit which you can
help your child imbibe. It is very important to encourage reading in children
as this habit can help them perform well in their academics as well as it will
help them from a career point of view. Read on to find some helpful tips for
helping child to imbibe reading habit.
If you want your child to take deep interest in reading, you
should create an environment in the house so that it encourages him to read.
Books and the characters in them have great impact on the child when he or she is in
school or college and most often it is seen in his or her life too. If his or her reading is
very high, it can form his or her career of life too. Reading is not spontaneous or short term
hobby. It is a life long leisure pursuit and it helps build vocabulary,
strengthen imagining power and helps educate your child too.
There are few steps that you can take to back your child’s
reading hobby and make him feel special about it too. Reading is one of the hobbies that have all
benefits and it is not just making one happy and contented.
Steps and Guidelines for
Raising a Child who Reads
Have a quick look at few steps and guidelines for raising a child
Do not just restrict
yourself in buying books that are age restricted. Fill your home with all
kinds of books. Reading
habit of your child will increase if he sees books in every room and
every shelf. If you cannot spend lot of money, buy used books.
They are cheap. If your child is quite young, buy him picture books. You
can also have independent reading books for young children.
Attend Book Fares and Sales
to take your child along with you whenever there is any book fare or sale
in your city. Let him or her select few books and see what type of interest he
has. Show excitement about purchasing new books. You should also buy some
books for yourself so that you also read when your child reads his or her book. This will
create the perfect reading environment.
Buy Bookshelves For Your Child
shelves for your child so that he is able to arrange and keep his or her favourite books as he or she wishes to keep. You can keep books in different
rooms and so you need few bookshelves for that.
Purchase Other Mediums of Reading
forget to buy other books, magazines and encourage your child to read
newspapers daily. Invest in buying magazines that have suitable content
for your child. If your child has interest in sports, you can subscribe
for a good and informative sports magazine for him or her.
If you want your
child to develop reading habit, right from the very beginning if he sees
you reading, he will automatically get into the habit of reading books.
You can read out stories
during bedtime or by the warm fire in winter evenings.
Play Word Making Games
some games like speller, scrabble or spell-o-fun. Play with your child so
that his or her vocabulary gets improved.
Teach your child
books. This means motivate him or her to keep the books in place after he
finishes reading them. For this you will have to do that first.
Do Not Put Pressure on Your Child
If your child does not feel like reading sometimes do not force him or her.
Give Books as Presents
your child a book on special occasions.
Get Library Card for Your Child
library card for your child and encourage him or her to join book clubs.
Your Child About Famous Writers
Let your child find out
and you too help him or her learn something about the writer whose book he is reading.
If your child still does not show interest in reading, read
with your child. This activity will also help you to spend quality time with your
child. Along with improving your child’s vocabulary reading will also help to
improve his or her general knowledge. Reading has innumerable benefits so
follow the above tips and never stop encouraging your child to read.
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