How can Reading be Made Interesting to Children?
Posted on: July 14, 2021.

How to get children develop an interest in reading is the one common question almost all parents ask, which they consistently present in the number of workshops that have been conducted on the subject.

And by just following certain tips I’d come across, I had, in an effective manner, sailed through this phase as a young parent myself. For the benefit of you interested readers, I shall recall a few of those…

To develop a healthy learning habit, a child should, from an early age, acquire an interest for reading, to become a good learner. And it is at this time that the involvement of parents is especially important.

Subsequently, definitive ways to get children interested in reading, is by making the process, and the experience, a creative, fun-filled approach…

  • The child should have a specific and convenient time earmarked for him/her to read, and such a time must be a “fun-filled” one and not a serious “talk session” on the virtues of reading and learning.

    An ideal time for such an activity would be just before a meal or bedtime, when the child’s mood is flexible to receive what is being read and understand what is being explained.

  • ‘Reading Together with Family’—either individually or to each other, scheduled daily and organized to ensure that the whole family sits down to read.
  • A soft quilt to sit on with a few pillows to recline or curl up with, or one or two pillows to cushion yourself makes for a cozy and relaxed reading spot—comfort is everything while reading/learning.
  • The choice of book for the day must be the child’s selection, to be allowed by his/her parents, provided a home library is one of the child’s proud possessions.
  • The book must be held in such a way that the pictures are visible, and learning the pages becomes an initiative, to his/her satisfaction, while reading to a small child.
  • Recognizing shapes, colours, characters, pictures of words, and vocabulary that are new to kids, all require parents to prompt their children to point out, for them to develop their learning.
  • Talk about the book, discuss the characters, interpret the pictures, and such, with the child after having finished reading the book.

The storyline being a one- or two-liner, and a major part of the pages occupied by pictures, would be a good choice of books if the child is a pre-schooler.

More than the content of words, it is the pictures that get children of that age interested in books. Methods wherein children interpret a story using their own imagination should be initiated, allowed, and encouraged.

Learning things during play time is generally what children respond well to. Vocabulary building, sentence structuring, and spellings of things they play with, could be taught to them during playtime.

Kids as young as four years old can be later spoken to about these words, and taught their meanings, using a children’s encyclopaedia. Occasions for learning can also be presented by ordinary daily activities.

Good times for learning alphabets and later words, are while walking or driving which presents the opportunity to recognize commercial signs and logos.

Also, to good effect, can be put the nearby mall or grocery store, frequently visited. There are many things there for children to observe, which they could be encouraged to talk about after a visit.

He/she can be encouraged to read aloud the various objects on display there, and then use those words to make simple sentences.

Children feel appreciated, cared for, and loved, if their parents actively involve themselves in reading activities together with them.

Ready-to-use, “Read Along” format of audio cassettes are currently available in the market to help children associate ‘happy moments’ with ‘reading time’.


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