How to Raise a Reader | Get Your Children to Love Books
In today’s world everything seems to be moving much faster than it did just a few years ago. The world seems to be able to consume information at a rate we never would have thought to be imaginable before. Our children are learning at a much faster rate than we did when I was in school.
Something that shocked me recently was my son Mack, coming home from school the other day and telling me about his class learning algebra. Algebra! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing I was barely able to understand algebra when I took it in High school. The problem I have with this is the fact that schools are not pushing reading like they once did. It’s understandable to want our youth to grasp things like math and science at a younger age but, I fear the school system has lost sight of readership. This is why I believe you must educate your children about reading in your home, even if they do get it at school.
Raise a Reader
The easiest way to teach your children anything is to teach by doing. My girls are always asking me why Mommy and I read so much. In reality I love to read but mostly I want them to notice that I love to read. Leading by example is the easiest way to teach children.
There are many ways you can ensure that your children will like to read. Probably the easiest method is to make sure you keep plenty of books in your home. This way they have no excuse not to read. At first some children are not easily convinced and will not make an effort but if books are readily available then they will catch on.
Your children will begin to really enjoy reading once you get them over the first hump. I find myself always scheduling trips to the library, especially with my girls. The girls love it as much as I do because they know a trip to the library means a new and exciting story time. This promotes imagination and excitement.
Making up Tales
Children love to be creative and use their imagination. Once they have built up a library of books they’ve read on their own they will naturally want to create their own stories. These stories are always full of wonder and you can see that magic in the eyes of the kids as they are writing these elaborate tales. I’m often making up stories based on the same theme “The search for the Black Diamond”. It becomes so popular at bedtime that my wife thinks I should author a children’s book.
The most important thing you should know is that children are automatically drawn to reading. They love to use that part of their brain because although the story is already written they can still make it their own personal journey. So, it is important not to force them or to make this a chore. Once that happens they will begin to shy away from reading because it will be like work to them.
Let your children find their own journey; let them create their own tales. They will love it and will thank you for it later.
Check out my other reading related article here, and check back soon for a Top 10 list of Children’s books for preschoolers, grade 1’s and grade 6’s. Also check out Common Sense Media. A site I find invaluable when evaluating the suitability of books as well as movies, TV and music for my Children.
I would be interested in your experiences in raising readers, and you challenges and successes along the way.