Guest Author - Marie Rippel
Trying to get a child to read and actually enjoy it can be one of the most frustrating things when it comes to teaching a child. This is especially true for parents who love to read. It can be hard to understand why the child does not love to pick up a book and savor what it offers on all those pages.
One good way to encourage reading is to find out what your child loves. When it comes to your favorite pastime or hobby, it is easy for many of us to read about it for hours. The same is true for children. What does your child love to do or have a passion for? Use that as a way to introduce the fun of reading to your child.
Does your child like to fish? Give them a fishing magazine. They might start out looking at the vivid pictures, but before long they will be discussing the newest lure or some new hot fishing spot that they discovered when they began to read the articles.
Do horses get your child all excited? Get them a book on horses. Start with the books that are more encyclopedic in style and describe the various types of horses. Your child will begin to read the captions and want to know more. Before long you can lead them to books such as Black Beauty or King of the Wind.
Is your child interested in cooking? Get them their very own cookbook. There are cookbooks written especially for children. They will enjoy reading how to create yummy cookies to share with the family and at the same time will be practicing their math skills.
Are dinosaurs your child’s thing? There are dozens of books available on dinosaurs. Start with ones that are abundant in pictures and work your way to those that have more and more reading material. If they really love dinosaurs, they will begin to want to read more about them instead of just looking at pictures of them.
So many kids love jokes. Kids will often spend hours reading these jokes out loud and enjoying the reaction they get from friends and family.
When you are looking for interesting reading material, do not dismiss a calendar, a magazine, board games, or anything else that catches your child’s eye. Even though it might not seem like the reading material you were hoping your child would be enjoying, it is a step in the direction of loving to read.
Reading can be fun. Help your child learn how much fun it can be.