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How to Further Nurture the Love for Reading in Your Child

Reading is arguably one of the most important life skills we learn in our first years at school. It is a wonderful workout for your brain that improves memory function and concentration. Yet for some, even once the first few hurdles have been conquered reading remains a source of stress and anxiety.

You may be thinking ‘Sure my child can read but there is clear dislike for it.’ The source of this aversion could be for any number of reasons; perhaps they were put on the spot in school l and felt embarrassed or maybe your child suffers from a learning disability such as dyslexia.

If you feel that all of these tips are too advanced for your child’s reading ability, and you feel like you need help reach out to someone such as Edublox. The love for reading might just be a few helping hands away. But if your child is an average reader, we want to empower you with a few tools that might turn their reading narrative around to a positive one.

Read yourself

A very important step in getting your child interested in reading is showing interest yourself. It is easy for us to get caught up in the fast-paced digital world but try and put down your phone and turn off the TV. Let your kids see you reading and let them know how much you enjoy it.

Try and find Interests

When trying to entice your child to read make sure the reading material aligns with their interests. If your little one is obsessed with cars, buy a car magazine. Don’t feel limited to books. If they are interested in a certain topic doing some research online allows the reading to take place in an enjoyable environment.

Graphic novels

It is important to start slow. Maybe your child is more visual, allow them to get used to the idea of reading by starting with graphic novels. No graphic novels are no longer just superhero stories typically intended for boys. There is a wide variety of graphic novels on the market currently that will interest a wide range of audiences. But be aware poor readers may start to memorise words so keep introducing fresh material.

Listening

A love for reading boils down to a love for stories. You can spark this flame by introducing audiobooks. While you’re not necessarily developing decoding or fluency skills, you are adding to their vocabulary, applying comprehension strategies, building a love for stories. All this combined will open the door for reading to take place.

Book series

Sometimes instead of running away from our digital world, it might be best to embrace it. Find a age-appropriate movie that is based on a book series that your child loves. After watching the movie, they might be enchanted enough to tackle the ‘daunting’ task of reading to find out what happens next. Think Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Trompie or Spud. A wonderful book resource is Qualibooks. This platform offers learners and parents the opportunity to access thousands of eLibrary resources anywhere, anytime and on any device, across all eleven South African languages.

Show interest in what your children are reading

This may be for the more advanced reader whose comprehension is more developed, but the passion still seems to be lacking. A little interest in what they are reading, thinking and feeling goes a long way. Ask them questions and listen to their answers. Tell me about the story? What do you think about this character? What is your favourite? What do you think is going to happen?

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