There comes a time for many children when reading becomes a chore. This usually occurs somewhere between grades 3 and 4 when children are in school and no longer learning to read, but reading to learn. This reluctance can continue into older ages, but it is never too late to turn things around.
Here are a few things you can do as a parent to help your child regain their love of reading:
- Let your child make their own reading choices. Don’t worry if they repeatedly choose the same type of books, or if the books are below their reading level. Remind yourself that your child is actually reading and enjoying it. All reading is valuable!
- Let them catch you reading. Children who see their parents reading are more likely to pick up a book themselves.
- Read aloud to your child. Being read to is enjoyable and can reintroduce your child to their love of stories. Just because they can read by themselves doesn’t mean they have to all of the time.
- Expand your notion of reading. There’s much more to read than just books. Try reading the instructions to a model airplane, the dialogue in a new video game, or a graphic novel. It’s all reading and it’s all good practice.
- Have your children join the Summer Reading Club at your local library!