How You can get Kids to Read (Happily/Willingly)

reading_is_fun_poster-r0aa7ab1d87a849189174a5aa2325fb94_wao_8byvr_324Let’s switch those adverbs the other way around shall we? Or not.

A while back I spoke about how parents are actually demotivating their kids on reading. Check that post here. This is the follow up of that article, how to actually encourage your child to read of his/her own free will.

So besides the usual lessons learnt from what I spoke about before i.e showing that you are an avid reader yourself, providing a comfy space, giving choice etc., there are other more interactive things you can do as well. Whereas the previous article showed how to improve the reading experience, this article will give tips on how to bring reading into your child’s practical life… the child won’t even know he’s doing it.

For children too young to actually read: Keep playing sound games, first simple beginning sounds, then ending sounds and moving on to middle sounds. Kids love to be challenged in a fun and playful way, and for a very young child, your attention is the best gift. Later you could even add beginning sounds that are blends and digraphs…


So you would be asking questions like: “Oh look, I can see something in this room that begins with ‘p’ or ‘thr’. What you are essentially doing is priming the child to associate the written letter to the sound more seamlessly in the future when he/she actually starts to learn the alphabet.

Family Time: Early childhood education is predominantly achieved through the parent… but most parents underestimate themselves. As your child gets older and begins to work through words, you can either do or have him/ her do any of the following:

  • Read bed time stories (and ask constructive questions as well… download your fun worksheet bookreviewprintable).
  • Go out and explore bookshops, go to the local library.
  • Make your child responsible for the grocery list and read it aloud as you shop. Ask the child to read the ingredients to check for something specific.
  • Indulge in cooking together, consult the recipe book and ask the child to read out the instructions.
  • Play board games.
  • Keep a plethora of reading materials at home, the children’s portion of the newspaper, children’s digests, kid friendly books etc.
  • Take turns while reading the book.
  • Read with emotions.
  • Ask them to read out road signs/ names of shops while out on a drive.
  • Go on a word hunt together in the house. The one who finds the most of a particular word, wins.

You get the picture.

Hope this helped. Drop in your own suggestions in the comments below if there is something specific you do to bring practicality as far as reading is concerned.


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