Being my kids’ primary teacher since March 2020 has allowed me to witness and guide their advancements in reading and learning. At first, my girls were indifferent to reading, and I was unsure how to help them become more interested in reading.
But after weeks of researching and trying different methods, I finally realized that the top 6 brilliant tips that make children more excited about reading were right in front of me! It has worked wonders for my kids, and we have moved from that daily 20-minute reading time to my girls choosing to pick up a book and sit for hours reading – It’s incredible to witness the change. So amazing that I have decided to share these tips in this article. So, let’s dive in.
Top 6 Tips To Help Your Child Become More Interested In Reading
Many kids are not interested in reading – It’s not that they hate reading, but most kids don’t see its point. They’d rather spend time watching TV, playing video games, skateboarding, playing with dolls, or running around. But what if I told you that you could use those things they love to do as your tools to make them more interested in picking up a book? Don’t believe me? Check out the tips below.
1. Make Reading Fun
The best way to get your child to read more is to make reading fun for him or her. It’s straightforward and well-known – kids love having fun, so if you can make reading a fun activity, they’ll have fun doing it.
There are different ways to make reading fun for your kids, and one method that I discovered is to give them books about what they love. If your kid loves skating, don’t seize the skateboard and force him to read – He’ll lose interest. Instead, buy them a book about skateboard tricks to practice. While checking the text for tricks to try out, your kid is also reading and learning.
2. Reward Systems
Okay, who doesn’t love positive reinforcement? A reward system can work well as encouragement and inspiration. It can also become another way to mix in other types of learning, like writing, spelling, or math. Check out the free, downloadable Reward chart
3. Make Books Available
You should make books available all around your home and ensure you use books they love or THINK they might love. In the homeschool community, the term is called “strewing.” Get some from the library if your child loves fantasy stories with lots of pictures and illustrations! My younger daughter loves graphic novels, while my big girl moves out of that phase into more traditional books. Some of our household favorites are the Babysitters club, Archie comics, Harry Potter, and Usborne books. When you put these books around the home, they’ll surely pick and read them.
When I go out with the kids, we bring books in the car and the van. I also put books at the kitchen counter in the mornings; they see them and often pick them up to read while eating. In addition, I let them read magazines too. They make kid-friendly magazines, and you can get them at B&N or CVS.
4. Introduce “Reading Time” In Their Daily Schedule
Another way to help kids become more interested in reading is by introducing a reading time in their daily schedule. This is when they have to put down everything else and read. It would be best to start small; usually, about 20 minutes daily is a good start. If need be, start off reading to them, or even sit down yourself and read. Add snacks during reading time and make sure that there are different types of books. Let them choose what they want to dive into that day.
5. Include Subtitles
Many kids would rather watch cartoons or play video games than read, but what if they could do both simultaneously? Studies have shown that when you put subtitles in your kid’s cartoons, shows, movies, and video games, they will read these subtitles while seeing the movie or playing the game.
Reading subtitles doesn’t put a book in their hands; it increases your child’s reading ability since they see and learn new words. In addition to subtitles, we also do video games that require you to read to move forward, which encourages reading! I know many parents let their kids play games like Minecraft or Roblox for these reasons! My girls play video games in our house with their dad; one of their favorites is Zelda Breath of the Wild, which requires a lot of reading to move forward in the game.
6. Take The Kids To The Library
Taking your child to the library at least once a month will help them develop more interest in reading. Libraries don’t just have books – You’ll find artifacts, art, and illustrations in the library that the children can read and learn about. Some libraries also offer kids programs such as group reading, parent-child study hours, puppet shows, read aloud, and storytelling. Taking your children to the library for such programs will arouse their interest in books.
Why Do Some Kids dislike To Read?
Here are the top 4 reasons kids don’t like to read.
1. They might not see the point in it
Honestly, it’s not that kids dislike reading, but they don’t see why they should. Did you know that reading is one of the few skills that do not come naturally to humans? The human language, both written and read, is not that easy, so many younger kids struggle with it, and once they master it, they find they do it as a necessity rather than for pleasure. We have too many OTHER things to do these days. With the advent of radio, tv, games, audiobooks, and the internet, most youngsters would rather play around, listen to audiobooks, or “see the movie” version. But if you can show your child the importance of reading, it would change this narrative. Start by introducing them to fun and imaginative stories, or even have them read a book they loved the movie of and compare/contrast the two. Maybe work together to encourage them to write their own stories to get them involved in the process.
2. They aren’t interested in the book or topic
Another reason kids don’t like to read is because they aren’t interested in the topic or book. When your child doesn’t like a book or topic, they will not be interested in reading. It helps if you take them to the library or book store and let them pick what they’ll want to read. I often opt for the library first, since you never know when you pick up a book if it is a winner – but if they love the book or series, I will often buy them the book to own. The fantasy, graphic novel, and adventure sections are good places to interest your child.
3. They don’t see you do it
Research has shown that children are likely to be more interested in something when they have someone they look up to modeling that behavior involved. If you raise your child in a reading environment, they are more likely to develop an interest in reading without you enforcing it. You can also be more actively involved during reading time. While they read their books, you should also read yours, so it’s a collaborative effort, and I guarantee you, this will help your child become interested in reading.
4. You tell them to read every time
Reading hosts tons of benefits to children, but you shouldn’t overdo it either. Asking your children to read every time will not make them more interested in reading. It would make them hate reading. So, how much reading should a child do daily? Let’s find out.
How Much Reading Should A Child Do In A Day?
For beginners and kids below five years, it’s recommended to spend 10-15 minutes daily on books, including the time YOU spend reading with or to them. This is in addition to the reading done during school hours. Kids aged 6 – 10 years should consume 20-30 minutes of daily reading, while teenagers should spend at least an hour daily on their books.
You should know that the amount of reading your child does is more important than their time on the book.
Reading isn’t a habit that kids pick up overnight – It takes time and effort to develop a child’s interest in reading. For my daughters, being at home has allowed us the time and freedom to read what we like and take as often as we want to sit back and soak in a good book. They both can pick up many more books with confidence, and as a mother and their primary teacher, that makes me so ha The six tips discussed above are just some of the ways we’ve incorporated into our daily lives to help get our kids to love to pick up a good book!