Helping Kids Enjoy Reading
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For many kids, reading doesn't come easily. Some kids have trouble making the connection between letters and their sounds. Other kids have not yet found a story that interests them and shows just how fun reading can be.
For all kids, though, knowing letters, sounds, and words are important skills for learning throughout life.
Read with your kids often, and try these other simple ways to help them become excited about reading:
Start with your child's picks. Kids are more likely to read something that interests them. For example, comics or joke books can be a fun pick for your child. A comic book can help kids understand that events take place in order because stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. They also help build vocabulary and show that books can be fun to look at.
Read and reread. Many kids reach for the same books over and over again. That's not only OK, it's a good thing! Repetition helps kids learn the text and in time read it with confidence. Each new reading of the book also may help them notice something new and understand the story a little better. And that positive experience can inspire kids to try new books.
Read aloud. Reading aloud to your kids helps them build their vocabulary and introduces new facts and ideas. You also show that you enjoy reading for fun, and help them connect sounds with letters on the page. Reading aloud provides time together that you'll all enjoy.
Create opportunities to read and write beyond the pages. Provide kids with many chances to read every day. Write notes and leave them on your child's pillow, in a lunchbox, or in a pocket. Ask friends and relatives to send postcards, letters, e-mails, or text messages. Leave magnetic letters and words on the fridge, and you may find your child also creating words, sentences, and stories.
On car/bus/train trips or errands, play word games that build language skills. You might try "I Spy" ("I spy something that starts with an 'a' ...") or games where you pick a category (like "food") and everyone has to name foods that begin with a certain letter.
Sometimes electronic books (e-books) can help encourage reading. When your kid becomes interested in a book, regardless of the format, help make connections between the story and your child's life. Start conversations that build a love of reading and learning.
source: Nemours Kids Health
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