Doesn’t it seem like your child reaches for the TV remote more than they reach for a book? Learn how to encourage your kids to read more books!
Today, kids are all about touch screens and phone apps. I know my kiddos could easily play Angry Birds Go all day long. (Thankfully they also love their educational apps, too.) Instead of reading, many kids would rather wait for the movie to come out or they do not realize that many movies that are released were actually based on books.
When Harry Potter came out in the theaters, I recall my niece saying she had never read the book. Why would she? She could just go see the movie! I about passed out. Often the books are even better than the movie.
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Here you can get a few ideas of how to encourage your kids to read more books.
Go to the library
One of the easiest ways to encourage your kids to read more books is by taking them to the library. For younger children, many public libraries offer story time. Our local library even has craft days to get kids in the door. For older children, it gives them the time and space to explore any type of book they could imagine. Since library books are only lent out for a certain amount of time, kids have to finish reading it before they have to return it, encouraging them to invest the time into the book rather than letting it sit on their nightstand.
Most tablets can be used to read eBooks, but they can also be used to surf the web or play games. By sticking to just an eReader, kids have no choice but to read. Tablets are not necessarily all that bad for reading, most offer animated books for younger children and audio books for older children and adults. Personally, we use my iPad for story time. I’m currently in love with Reading Rainbow for my younger one. For toddlers that cannot read, interactive books may be the best way to spark their interest at a young age. Mom or dad can read the story, while their toddler can poke the screen and explore the corresponding scene. We also use the iPad as an incentive for the kids to get ready quickly at bedtime and for special cuddle time.
Take Turns Reading
Any child old enough to read can take turns reading with their parents or even another sibling. Adults can help their children with pronunciation, and it is a good way to spend quality time as a family.
Many hospices, hospitals, libraries and other public places often look for people to come in and read to patients, the elderly or small children that cannot read to themselves. For a teenagers this is perfect practice for reading out loud and for a good cause too. You can never get your kids volunteering early enough!
Have an Electronics Black Out
For just an hour a day, or even just once a week, have an all out electronics blackout. Turn off the TV, the computer, cell phones and any other distracting device (unless it is an eReader) and pick up a book, magazine or newspaper.
There is a saying that goes ‘monkey see, monkey do’, and if kids are used to seeing everyone around them read, they too will be encouraged to read more books.