Some studies have found that children read for fun less and less as they grow older. How can you help your tweens and teens to appreciate literature when they’re attached to their smartphones?
Consider these ideas on how to held your older children to read:
- Offer choices. Let your child pick what kind of material they want to read. Graphic novels may trigger their interest in the original classic works.
- Build a nook. Provide a comfortable and attractive place to read. Put a bookshelf full of interesting titles under a window seat. Create a home library in one corner of your living room or finished basement.
- Watch movies. When it’s your turn to choose the movie, pick a film that’s based on a book. It also helps to maintain sensible limits on screen time to encourage reading and other offline activities.
- Be a role model. Your kids are more likely to read if they see you enjoying books and magazines. Make reading for pleasure part of each day and talk about what you learned.
- Seek professional help. If you’re concerned about your child’s reading proficiency, talk with their teacher and doctor. They may need help with a learning disability, or they may benefit from additional resources such as tutoring or more intensive instruction.
You can enrich your child’s life by fostering a love for books. Start early with teaching language skills and helping your child to see themselves as a reader. As a parent, you can help them to learn and grow even when they’re stuck at home. Check my article on how to help your younger child develop interest in reading here. Also, you can read my academic article on what literacy activities some parents are engaging thier children in