Help! My kids don’t want to read

By admin
29 May 2014

Moms know that the more children read the better they get at it and the more they are likely to enjoy it. But what if you’ve provided all the books, read to them regularly and offer some gentle encouragement and they still don’t want to read? Here are a few great suggestions from the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign.

Moms know that the more children read the better they get at it and the more they are likely to enjoy it. But what if you’ve provided all the books, read to them regularly and offer some gentle encouragement and they still don’t want to read? Here are a few great suggestions from the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign.

  • For some children, reading is difficult and so it’s less likely that they will choose to read for pleasure. To help them discover the joy of reading, try to find books or even magazines on topics that you think will interest them. Material with lots of interesting pictures will make reading seem like less of a chore. Read together only for as long as your child seems interested – then leave the book or magazine lying around so that they can choose to look at it later.
  • Reading aloud to children regularly – no matter what their age – makes books and reading part of daily life. It is a great way to spend time relaxing together and allows your children to experience stories without having to read it themselves. The satisfaction they get from time spent together sharing stories is often enough to switch them onto reading for themselves.
  • Nagging never helps! Feeling bad about not reading doesn’t encourage children to read – instead, it makes them resent reading. Rather let your children see you choosing to read in your spare time and leave different kinds of interesting reading material lying around your home in places that they can find it.
  • Visit the library or bookshops and let your children choose books that they want to read. Reading something is better than not reading at all, so don’t worry if the books your children choose seem too easy for them, or are on subjects you don’t think are important. Respecting their reading choices helps them grow as readers.

These tips are courtesy of the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign. For more information on reading to children as well as how to read to children of different ages, go to nalibali.org

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