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Monday, 27 October 2014

Parents! How to Foster Reading Habits in Your Child?

Parents nowadays often worry that the reading habit of children is dead and children seem to care about nothing except TV. Every parents know that reading stories enlarges a child vision, fosters imagination and improves language skills. How can parents cultivate the reading habits in children? Explained here:-

  • Parents can start them young like bedtime story regularly. Very young children not only love stories but the nightly routine calms them down and sleep well.

  • Parents can also have a few books available and let the child choose a book each night.

  • Parents can also read stories to their children at meal times. Here, parents can find that their children love the activity and probably eat well also.

  • For the young children, there are touch-and-feel books with different materials which are available online with different materials.

  • Comics and graphic novels can be an entry in to more serious reading too. Various versions of classics are available, so whether your child is four years old or twelve years, they could be reading any book of their interest, be it is of traditional story or more contemporary one.

  • Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs is good for him / her.

  • A visit by parents along with their children will enable the children browse through hundreds of exciting and interesting books.

  • To further motive the children, parents can take them to a good bookshop as a treat and gift them a story book on occasions. Parents can also teach them to love and respect the books.

  • The best technique for the parents to foster the reading habits children is to be book-readers themselves.

  • Having books around the house will encourage their children to pick up a book and glance through it. Reading will follow quite naturally.

  • According to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the bet of all".