Children are more likely to read if parents let them decide what they read, however parents can give them directions and offer support, Scholastic suggests.
“... it’s your [the parents’] job—not the schools’—to find books to get your kids reading and to make sure they read them,” CNN suggests.
Parents are powerful instruments when it comes to setting the tone for whether or not a child will be a reader, and certainly what their children read.
Freedom of choice is key to getting them motivated and excited. Vampire sagas, comics, manga, books of sports statistics—terrific!—as long as kids are reading,” says James Patterson, a father and a “New York Times” best-selling author. “Should they read on e-tablets? Sure, why not? How about rereading a book? Definitely. And don’t tell them a book is too hard or too easy.
Learning to read does not always come naturally. This is a skill that must be taught, and it takes some work. Parents should show their children that reading can be fun and help to incorporate reading as part of the everyday activities the whole family enjoys.
In many ways parents’ attitudes can inspire their children to love reading. It’s important to create reading environments in and outside of the home, and to stick to it. I believe parents are good reading role models. If your child sees you and other family members reading, it’s more likely that he or she will pick up a book.
The National Education Association offers some tips for choosing books for children:
* For beginning readers, select books that match their skill level.
* Find colorful books.
* Pick books based on the child’s interests (hobbies, nature, science).
* Let the child make his or her own choices.
* Support every book choice.
* Ask librarians and teachers for book suggestions.
* Encourage your child to try different kinds of books.
Reading is one of the most important skills that parents can help to develop in their children. It’s a fundamental skill that will help children to be as academically successful as possible.