Encourage Your Child To Read For Pleasure

October 18th, 2008

Give your child a gift that will last a lifetime!  Encourage them to read for pleasure.  Children who read for pleasure have active imaginations and enjoy learning.

When reading, children must use their imagination. With the expansion in the visual technology industries like television and video games, children do not commonly use their imagination. Books open up a world where your child has to visualise what is happening, rather than rely on pictures from other people.

Reading will broaden your child’s horizons and take them into new and exciting worlds. The Harry Potter books are popular because they allow the children to escape their life and enjoy the different world of wizardry. Children who read for pleasure tend to be adventurous and willing to explore the world they find themselves in, because books encourage exploring new ideas.

Teachers have noticed extraordinary differences in the scholastic achievements between children who read for pleasure and children who do not. Children who read during school holidays are more likely to excel in writing and in spelling.

Reading allows your child to see words in different contexts, which can aid comprehension. The more you see how a word is used, the more likely you are to use the word correctly in your own vocabulary.  Seeing the words correctly spelt will help your child to learn spelling. Your child’s writing skills will increase by reading sentences and seeing how paragraphs link together.

Children who read for pleasure are even able to socialise with others better.  Despite being a solitary activity, reading encourages an understanding of how people relate to each other as the characters in books form relationships.

Readers learn about consequences of actions and logical progression because books always follow a logical sequence of events, and characters must deal with the consequences of their actions.

Often children who read for pleasure will perform well in written tests, because they are more likely to understand the phrasing of the questions, and will be able to write their answers with clarity.

Allowing your child to choose the books to read encourages an interest in reading. Even books that are not “educational” will bring benefits to your child’s learning and scholastic progress.

Ensure your child chooses a book at the right level. If it is too difficult, the child may become discouraged. If the book is too easy to read, your child may become bored and decide to play a video game instead.

Parents can encourage reading by regular trips to a library to exchange books. You can make this a family trip. Try turning off the television set sometimes in the evenings or on weekends. When everyone in the family sits together, reading their own books, your children will see reading as fun, relaxing, and a reasonable form of entertainment.

You can read with your children. Reading books aloud allows children to hear the characters in a different way, and develops good listening skills. Remembering how you spent time each week reading a book together will be a precious memory when your child grows up.

Reading books aloud to your child gives you a chance to broaden your child’s vocabulary. Choose a book that is slightly beyond their current understanding, and explain any confusing terms.

Give your child time to sit and enjoy the experiences of reading. Reading is an activity that can be enjoyed anywhere, so encourage your child to pack a book when travelling in the car.

Children who learn how to read for pleasure will reap the benefits in their schoolwork, and will have fun using their imagination in ways technological forms of entertainment do not allow. Broaden your child’s horizons and give them the gift of reading for pleasure.

Find more great parenting tips at Child n’Parent.

By:  Hayley Hunkin

Entry Filed under: Parenting Tips

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