A quiet toddler doesn’t always mean bad news and most parents will agree with on this. But the sooner a child starts to read, the better though. Because there are just way too many books out there and only so much time!
Reading habit is one of the best characteristics that a man can possess. Once the habit of reading books grows in one, it seldom dies out. It is said that a book is one’s best friend in life. By reading a good book, one can not only earn knowledge but also gain experience in life, and realize the eternal truth.
Do you want to raise a child who always reads? Do you want a child who won’t see reading a book as some sort of punishment? Here are a few tips to raise a reader:
Start early: The earlier you start reading books to your child, the better. Some people read books to their pregnant belly, some to newborns. Of course, when you read to infants, they don’t understand the words and pictures, but that is how they learn. Start with big, colourful books with elaborate illustrations. You can get books with animal pictures and read aloud naming the animal and the sound it makes. This is just an example of how you can make it fun.
Get the right books: If you give a paper book to a 9-month-old, she is bound to tear it. The key is to get the right books. Start with touch-and-feel books — the ones with many textures and crinkly paper that ALL babies love. Move on to board books when your child is 6 months+. When your child is 1 year+ get story books that have about 2-3 sentences per page. You start reading more detailed books to 2+ toddlers who will follow and understand the story.
Keep the books accessible: Lay out 2-3 books everyday for your child to browse during the day which she would read during the day or get a bookshelf with low shelves from where she can easily take out the book she wants.
Read books yourself: You are a parent, so no one needs to tell you that children follow your actions more than advice! Want to raise a reader, be one yourself — as simple as that.
Be consistent and make it fun: To raise a reader, you need to be consistent with your reading routine, but also to keep your child engaged, you need to make it fun. Make voices when you read, marvel over the colours and pictures, be interested in the book and try to guess what’s on the next page. When it is fun, it will definitely draw your child in.
Try these tips for a month and be sure to see a difference.