Parents that love to curl up with a good book know the value of reading. They see that books can transport the reader to far-off places, inspire new ideas and teach valuable lessons about the world we live in. These avid readers often have trouble understanding why their children hate to read and feel frustrated about the process of trying to raise a book lover. The following tips explain some of the reasons that children do not enjoy reading and offers advice for parents that want to foster a love of reading in their child.
Many children proclaim their hatred for reading in general but are really just disinterested in their school's assigned reading. Look over your child's summer reading list and discuss the options together. You may find your child is completely turned off by the subject matter, but is willing and eager to read about other topics. This problem is very common in adolescent boys that are assigned to read so-called 'girly' books. Talk to your child's teacher about finding more appropriate readings. For instance, if your son excelled in first grade math but loathes reading, look for a book that involves numbers or logic. You may be surprised what an avid reader your child will become when presented with interesting materials.
Children may also complain that they feel reading is a waste of time because it takes them so long to finish just one chapter. If your child seems to be struggling to develop reading speed, he or she may be affected by a disorder such as ADHD or dyslexia. These children may also have trouble focusing on the subject matter or stumble over words. If you notice these signs in your child, talk to a professional about having an assessment.
Parents that want to encourage reading should make it fun for their children. Form a family book club and let the kids choose the material. Cook up a delicious snack to enjoy while discussing the book. Parents can also act out stories in a reader's theater, read to their children or create a comfortable and special place to enjoy reading together.
Lastly, parents can create a special reading time that works with the child's schedule. Just 20 minutes a day can get the child in the habit of reading. It may seem like a chore at first, but your child will soon be looking forward to this special time. If you choose the right materials, the child will not want to put the book down after 20 minutes.