Tips to help chil­dren en­joy read­ing

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR EDUCATION FAIR 2013 - By ELLEN WHYTE

CAN’T get your kids to pick up a book? There are many rea­sons that lie be­hind a child’s aver­sion to books but with a bit of thought, you can lead your child into the won­der­ful world of lit­er­a­ture.

Lead by ex­am­ple. Read­ing is a habit and like habits it is best picked up from the peo­ple around them.

If par­ents and older sib­lings don’t read, lit­tle kids can pick the mes­sage that read­ing is dull.

Tip 1:

Tip 2:

Pick some­thing fun. Telling kids that read­ing will make them clever, in­crease their school marks or guar­an­tee them a bet­ter job in later life isn’t re­ally an in­cen­tive.

Make read­ing a fun ac­tiv­ity by pick­ing up books that en­ter­tain rather than ed­u­cate or mo­ralise.

Match books to in­ter­ests. A book that doesn’t ap­peal is a chore to get through – even if you’re an adult. Stim­u­late your child into want­ing to read the next page by pick­ing a book that ap­peals.

If you have a young Harry Pot­ter film fan, you’ve got a nat­u­ral match in the book­shop.

Tip 3:

Tip 4:

Think au­dio books. Lis­ten­ing to books is a great way to ease lit­tle ones who are still learn­ing to read, kids who are dyslexic and re­luc­tant read­ers into ter­rific sto­ries.

There are lim­ited num­bers of au­dio books in shops but you can find some ter­rific tales online for free.

Two ex­cel­lent start­ing points that of­fer free down­loads are ar­chive.org and kid­saudio­books. co.uk

If par­ents and older sib­lings don’t read, young chil­dren might think that read­ing is dull. — AFP

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