5 Ways to Make Reading Fun
Many young children tend to look at reading as a chore. They believe it is something that they have to do for school or to please their parents rather than looking at it with a sense of enjoyment. The quicker we change their mindset, the better off they will be. Reading should be an adventure! Below are five ways to make reading fun for the kids. I bet if you think hard enough, you can think of even more ideas.
1. Create a Cozy Reading Spot
If your child has a special place to read that they think is interesting, then they will start to automatically go there when they take out a book. Reading Specialist Ryan Crawley says to allow the child to make that spot their own. “Allowing them to take ownership of that area with their own small library of books and blankets will provide them a getaway space. Many small kids like to turn an unused closet into their cozy spot,” Crawley said.
2. Visit the Library Once a Week
The library often has little presentations every week where a guest reader comes in and reads to the kids. Once in awhile, they even put on little plays for the children. Plus, visiting the library allows the kids to find books that interest them the most. These library shows are perfect for children that struggle a bit with reading or have English as their second language. Hearing the expression in the guest reader’s voice or being able to watch the actors’ expressions can really bring the story to life.
3. Read Together
Children will find a book much more fun to read when they are reading with a parent. A great way to share the reading duties is to have the child read one page, the parent read the next, and then keep on going from there. Make sure as a parent, model best reading practices. Use emotion and excitement in your voice and soon your child will be reading the same way.
4. Ask Questions
Kids like to share what they have learned. As they read, ask them questions about what is going on in the book. Ask who the main character is. Question them on what is the problem in the story. Have them describe the setting of the book. By using these terms and explaining what they mean, they will be better off when the teachers start to use these words in school.
5. Keep a Book Chart
A book chart is just a simple way to keep track of what books the children have already read. They can also give an overall rating on what they thought of the book. After awhile, they will start figuring out their favorite authors and what type of books they like the most.