Reading is an important aspect of school and daily life; instilling a love for it within your child will not only help them learn to read, but it will also ensure that it doesn't become a burden or chore.
Pick the right books
Don’t pick books that are above or below your child’s ability. Some tweens may love a good novel, while others prefer something short and quick to read - the same goes for younger kids. What they read is not important; it’s the fact that they are reading that is. The library is a great place to let your kids wander around and pick a book of their own choice.
Get into the story
This only really works for younger kids. When reading a story to your child, act out what is going on and mimic the voices. If you make reading fun and exciting, your child will love sitting down beside you with a good book.
Talk to them about the story
This is a great way to bond with your kids, whether they are five or 15. After you have read a chapter to your younger kids, talk to them about how they feel or what they think might happen next. For older kids, you can wait until they are finished, and then ask if they would recommend the story to you or someone else. Engaging with your child over the story means it becomes less of a solitary activity.
If your child just can’t get into the book, don’t force it; simply get them to pick a different one and try again. If they seem to be taking a long time to read a book, don’t question it - some kids are slower readers than others.
Fill your home with books
Filling your home with books will give your child endless choices on what to read. A book shelf in their room will encourage them to pick up a book rather than turning to their computer. Showing them that you value your books will ensure they keep their own books safe.
Set an example
Show your kids how enjoyable reading is - turn off the TV and settle down with a good book instead, or sit in the garden in the sunshine and lose yourself in a good book. Kids learn by example, so tell them you love to read and talk to them about the book you are reading.