Excellent Tips to Help your Child Develop a Reading Habit
Books are a man’s best friend…except dogs of course. If introduced early on in life, books become excellent teachers and friends. They stay with you for life, unconditionally, through all the good times and bad, showering you with love, engaging you like no one else ever can. The biggest pleasure of reading is being able to create a world of your own and at the same time, sharing it with like-minded people, allowing you to engage in conversations.
However, for all of this to happen, you need to develop a reading habit since the early years of your life.
Parents, who help their children to read a lot of books unknowingly help them to become independent, know more than many
beyond the traditional forms of knowledge and show them the path to endless world of joy.
Here are some tips to help in your attempt to guide your child for reading books regularly:
- Be a good example! Yes, this is applicable for all aspects of guiding your children. They pick up habits they see their parents exercise. It could be magazines, newspapers, books or anything else. They should see you read something or the other every day!
- There should be ample opportunity to read and enough options to choose from. Children don’t like being directed – they are likely to discard a book you throw in their face and ask them to read. Instead, you could ask them to choose from a few books which you read during your childhood or just picked up for them recently. There should be enough reading materials in your home for them to understand that reading is not restricted to studies but goes much beyond it.
- In terms of opportunities to read, you could encourage them to dedicate an hour every day to reading. Initially, this could begin with you reading out stories to them before bed when they are too young. This is the ideal time for reading since all work for the day is over and also because reading helps the mind to relax. There can also be a day of the week when your little one gets more time than usual to read – for example, they can read on Sunday afternoons.
- Once you see that your child is interested in reading, you can get them a library membership. Take them to the nearby library and help them choose a book every week or fortnight. Introduce them to the librarian so that he or she can suggest some books to the child too.
- It is important that your child reads in his or her native language. This improves their vocabulary and also makes the process of learning new languages such as English much smoother than usual.
This is where SchoolMate comes to the rescue. It is usually a huge task to actually keep a track on your child's reading habits and also if he/she is reading regularly. Alerts and notifications that not only keep you updated about your child’s reading but also enable you to check whether the books are returned on time!
When it comes to reading, SchoolMate helps to engage with your child through constant updates and enable easier communication with them regarding what they read and how they felt about it. Thus SchoolMate helps develop your child’s analytical skills and encourages them to read further.