Summer vacation gives an excellent opportunity for everyone to read a book. How can we persuade kids who just finished school to pick up a book and read?
There are,of course,kids who love to read. They are easy to convince and will happily join the neighborhood library. On the other side, there are also many kids who do not like to read. They use the excuse of having studied all year long;now is the time to play.Usually play means watching tv and playing games at the PC or tablet. What can a parent do?
1.Do Audiobooks count for book reading? It is not the same, but it is a solution for children who resist the idea of actually reading themselves. There are many audiobooks, which you can download and carry with you all the time and choosing together with the child makes it easier to accept
2.Another idea is to read books that later on transformed into movies.I am not sure though if it is better to watch the movie first or read the book, because transition could leave a bittersweet taste.”Harry Potter” is a very famous example and I can assure you that both of my children have seen the movie and try to read the book.
3. A visit at the local library can give the trigger for a child to explore the bookshelves, touch the books and feel free to choose from the variety of books.
4.Make book inspired activities;draw what the story is about, print out printables of the characters of the book and play with them, or even dress-up
5.One good way to make the children want to read the books is to go together at the bookshop and buy books together. Unfortunately, the child will not want to buy the books you may prefer. I remember once my 10 years old daughter chose a book of 20 pages written for 5-year-old children,and another time chose a book for teeanagers. At least, she has read them many times!
6.Bring a book in the waiting line. Whether it is waiting for the train, airplane or even waiting at the doctor’s queue, it is nice to set the example by NOT texting and scrolling your mobile, but having a book to read, even if it is not your favourite.
7.No matter what book you pick up, reading together can help you raise kids with resilient minds and connected brains. Just the act of physical closeness that occurs when we pull our children close and join together to share the moments that unfold as we read together — laughing, looking at the same pictures, talking about what we wonder about, and sharing the joy that comes from wonderful books
As you read stories together, ask your child questions to explore and develop their emotional intelligence,such as:
-How well do you think the character handled his feelings?
-What could the character have done differently?
-What do you do when you have feelings like that?
-What calms you down the most when you have that feelings?
-Did you see how even though things were difficult/sad, it didn’t stay that way and things got better?
They are given language that helps express what they, themselves, experience and they gain insight into their own behaviors and emotions
There are many more ideas as long as we are open to think and talk with the children, because they may also have suggestions to make for themselves.
How do you convnce your kids to read? Share your experience and ideas in the comment section!