Many parents who love to read and others who understand the importance of reading have concerns with ways to convey their feelings to their children. It’s necessary to study your child to determine the reason for his or her aversion to reading. The following questions will help you gain a clearer view of the true issue.
- Is there a gap in understanding or comprehension?
- Does he or she have trouble with pronouncing words and get discouraged?
- Is he or she not motivated because of an overwhelming use of electronic devices?
Be sure that you don’t automatically go to the thought that your child is just lazy. This could be the case, but in many instances, there is a deeper issue. Once you identify why your child is not motivated to read, address that particular concern directly and add these tools to your improvement strategy.
- Initiate a family reading time. Children learn from their parents’ examples. What better way to teach than by leading. Carve a certain amount of time each day or week and read to your child or with your child, where each person has his or her own book.
- Create a reading challenge. Set up a challenge for your child to read a certain amount of books per week or month, and reward him or her with a dinner at his or her favorite restaurant, a new toy, or something that would really make your child smile.
- Get your child his or her own library card. This will create a priceless smile that fosters a sense of independence, growth, and responsibility. Make regular visits to the library so your child can proudly display and use the new library card.
Motivation comes in a variety of forms, and what works for one child may not work for another. Try all of the tools above to improve your child’s reading, and stick with what works for you.
~Dr. Wayne T. Holmes