Read­ers learnt how to en­cour­age their lit­tle ones to de­velop good read­ing habits at a re­cent Sim­ply Her work­shop. We bring you some tips.

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Sim­ply Her’s read­ing work­shop for par­ents and kids.

1 Lead by ex­am­ple

Par­ents need to love read­ing too, says Shanna-Mae. “Chil­dren need to see that their par­ents are into books them­selves. Oth­er­wise, they’ll think: ‘If Mummy and Daddy are not read­ing, why do I have to?’”

2 Make games part of your sto­ry­telling ses­sions

Read­ing time shouldn’t be re­stricted to sto­ry­books. If a child prefers to be more ac­tive, par­ents can try role play­ing. “Let’s say you’re play­ing doc­tor and pa­tient. Ask your child to write down some words on the doc­tor’s chart and make him read them out later,” says Shanna-Mae.

3 Let chil­dren choose their own books

“When kids get to make their own de­ci­sions, they feel like they have au­ton­omy. That’s why they would want to read the books they’ve cho­sen,” Shanna-Mae points out.

4 Jazz up read­ing time

Get in­volved in the sto­ries while read­ing with your child, says Shanna-Mae. “If the pig or duck says some­thing, read it out in a dif­fer­ent voice. Get your child to re­peat what you’ve said or ask him to act as one of the book’s char­ac­ters. This way, you’re trans­port­ing your child to the world cre­ated in the book.”

5 Play word games ev­ery day

Chil­dren need to see a word up to 50 times be­fore they can learn it by heart, notes Shanna-Mae, so build up their vo­cab­u­lary by drilling the same words into them daily. “You don’t have to sit down and go through the words one by one. Do it while your child is brush­ing his teeth or bathing – just ask him to tell you what word he learnt that day. You can also write words on lit­tle post-it notes and paste them around the house. Then get your child to race with you – the first per­son to pick more post-it notes with a par­tic­u­lar word wins.”

6 Turn them into young au­thors

This works best for older chil­dren be­tween the ages of seven and 10, says Shanna-Mae. “They re­ally like writ­ing their own sto­ries. The next time you go on a trip, get your child to snap lots of pic­tures, then ask him to make his own book. Don’t for­get to add his name as the author – kids love such things.”

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