Child NOT reading

Child NOT reading

Tips for parents


If your child has not already developed a liking for books then panic buttons need to be pressed. Reading is a tool and a gift, which is required throughout the child’s life, well into adult hood and maturity. Good news is it is never too late to inculcate good reading habits with your child. Here are some tips to help parents and the families know how best to coach this habit.

Sit with a Dictionary.

Its important to sit with a dictionary to show that there is no shame in not knowing a word.

Do not skip this time.

Begin by reading small quick stories with your child every night. It does not have to be a long read it could be a built up to half an hour a day, take it at the child’s attention span. Talk about what you have just read, have a good discussion or simply a good laugh.

Choose the right time.

It is vital that the right time is found. The child should not be too sleepy, or too distracted and should not be in the child’s play time either. You should not be rushed to read and “finish”, you should be relaxed with no hanging chores on the head. The time needs to be just right for you and your child.

Sit side by side with your child.

This time cannot be combined with another routine for the child needs to know that this is a dedicated time for both individuals to be together with no distractions. Be alert and attentive respecting the moment for the child and instilling the same regard in the child.

Allow the child the time to read.

Don’t rush a child to finish and complete within the slotted time. Allow the child to read at his or her own pace. Allow the child to ask questions and allow the child to ask the meaning of difficult words. Use the dictionary in front t of the child and demonstrate how you too are building up your vocabulary.

Don’t ridicule the child.

Allow the child the freedom of expression and encourage reading with emphasis onelocution and modulation. . This will in the long run build up the confidence of the child and will make the reading sessions less mundane and increasing interest.

Do not stop reading to your child.

Reading aloud to your child exposes your child to a variety of stories and expose children to huge amount of vocabulary that children cannot access on their own. The time spent together is immeasurable and is your time together.

Discuss what is read.

This is the most important part of reading. Don’t forget to discuss what you have read ask questions and be curious. Allow the child to give their opinion and help the child to place the situations in a well-mannered sequence to allow lateral thinking, encourage imagination where necessary.