How to read with your pre-teen

By admin
23 June 2014

Children often get their love of reading from their parents. But to get your kids interested in books, you may need a different approach for different age groups. Here are some tips for reading with your pre-teen from the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign.

Children often get their love of reading from their parents. But to get your kids interested in books, you may need a different approach for different age groups. Here are some tips for reading with your pre-teen from the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign.

  1. Books of fables or traditional stories often have illustrations in them which make them suitable for reluctant readers or even late-starters. Once you’re in a routine of reading together regularly, you can introduce short novels as these often have simpler plots and fewer lengthy descriptive passages.
  2. If children have been exposed to books from an early age, then often by age 10 they’ve developed a preference for books of a particular genre. Some children like stories about characters in real-life situations; others like fantasy. Some children like adventure stories; others like science fiction. Developing a preference for a particular type of story is a completely natural process and is part of maturing as a reader.
  3. Share chapter books by reading two or three chapters together each day.
  4. Remember to share other reading material too: magazine articles, poems and newspapers as well as material you may have downloaded from the Internet.
  5. If your children prefer to read on their own, set aside a short time in the week when you all discuss the books they’re currently reading. Or you can find out about what they’re reading more informally by asking them what happened in a previous chapter as they settle down to continue reading their books.
  6. Keep reading to your children – even when they’re competent, independent readers. Choose books that are slightly more advanced than the level at which they’re currently reading on their own. You might want to set aside a special time each week for reading together and allow others regular times – like just before going to sleep at night – for silent reading.

These tips were provided courtesy of the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign – aimed at sparking children’s potential through reading and storytelling. For more information, reading tips and story ideas to share with your children or reading clubs, go to http://nalibali.org/  or find Nal’ibali on Facebook  or Twitter.

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