Oct 05, 2022
Knights in shining armor, magical creatures, daring adventures, and more – there’s so much to love about reading! But getting your child to enjoy picking up a book can sometimes be a challenge. If your little one isn’t too keen on reading, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to make reading fun!
If your child is obsessed with dinosaurs, find some books about them! Or, if they can’t get enough of princesses, look for stories starring their favorite characters. There are tons of great books out there for every interest, so you’re sure to find something perfect for your child.
Don't worry if they're not reading the " classics" just yet – let them enjoy the books that they love, and they'll enjoy the books making reading fun for them.
One of the best ways to get your child interested in reading is to read together! Not only will they be able to enjoy the story, but they’ll also get to bond with you. Make it into a special ritual that you do every night before bed or whenever you have some free time.
Reading together can also help to build their confidence – they’ll feel more comfortable reading out loud if they practice with you first.
Reading doesn’t have to be a passive activity – make it interactive and fun! Get your child involved in the story by asking them questions or having them act out the scenes. You can even make up your own stories together.
Anything that gets them excited about reading is a win! From dressing up like your favorite character to making up your own silly voices for the different parts, there are lots of ways to make reading fun and into a game that both you and your child will enjoy.
We know – it can be hard to tear your little one away from the TV or tablet. But try to limit their screen time, especially right before bedtime, and encourage your child to read instead. You can even make a rule that for every 15 minutes of reading, they get 15 minutes of screen time.
Whether it’s before bed, after school, or on the weekends, make reading fun and part of their daily routine.
Designate a special spot in your home just for reading! It can be anywhere – a cozy corner of the living room, a spot under the tree in the backyard, or even just their bed. Wherever it is, make sure it’s comfortable and inviting so that they’ll want to curl up with a good book.
You will also want to make sure it’s stocked with all of their favorite books so they can always find something new to read.
Giving your child the power to choose their own books is a great way to get them interested in reading. They’ll be more likely to read something if they’re the ones who picked it out, so let them browse the shelves and pick whatever catches their eye.
You can also try taking them to the library or bookstore so they can explore all the different options. They might just find a new favorite!
Come up with a fun way to reward your child for reading. For example, you could create a chart, and for every book they read, they get to put a sticker on it. Once they fill up the chart, they get a prize! This could be anything from a new book to their favorite treat.
Find what works for your child and stick with it – the key is to make sure they’re having fun and enjoying the process.
If you’re looking for extra help to get your child interested in reading, consider afterschool tutoring. You don't have to do this alone – we can help!
At Children's Learning Adventure, we offer a variety of programs designed to help your child succeed, including our literacy-focused Adventure Academy. Our experienced tutors will work with your child to help them build confidence and improve their reading skills.