By Meaghan Montrose
The ability and desire to read are important traits for anyone to have. The knowledge and education you receive depends greatly on the amount and level of your reading. In order to increase the success of our children, it is important to support and encourage their literacy at a young age. This can be a challenging task. Here are some tips you can try to encourage your child to read:
1. Find reading material that interests your child. If your son or daughter is interested in sports, try subscribing to a magazine such as Sports Illustrated for kids to stimulate their interest.
2. Make books a reward or treat instead of forcing them on your child. Give your child books as a gift for their birthday/holiday or give them a gift card so they can pick out their own. This helps to make books exciting and something to look forward to.
3. Read together. Find a book you are both interested in. You can take turns reading aloud to each other or read separately, then discuss.
4. Get rid of distractions. Set aside some time during the week when there is no TV, radio, video games, etc. allowed. This down time will highlight reading a book as an enjoyable option.
5. Be a role model. The best way to encourage reading is to let your children see you reading. Let them know you find reading helpful and fun!