Although reading might be one of your favorite activities, it's likely that your child won't view reading as fun and exciting. However, getting your child excited about reading can offer a number of benefits, including increased knowledge and a higher GPA. If your child isn't overly excited about reading, there are many ways you can boost their engagement level and get them eager to pick up a book.
Start With Book To Film Selections
Oftentimes, really good books get turned into really good motion pictures. Peter Pan, Star Wars, and Matilda are just a handful of popular movies that originated from a book. The reason book to film selections are a good idea for children is the fact that they offer a reward once your child is done.
For example, you could motivate your child by promising a movie night with popcorn and snacks once they finish the book. These types of books also provide you with an excellent opportunity to test their comprehension skills. You could have your child talk to you about the differences between the book and movie to ensure they actually understood what they read.
Allow Them To Choose
If your child is not interested in a book, it will only make the task of getting them to read more challenging. Allow your child to take the driver's seat and select what book and topic area that they want to read about. One great thing is that there are books about nearly everything.
If your child loves soccer, there is a book about soccer. If your child loves Barbie, there is also a topic-specific book out there. While you can make the final approval to ensure the book is age appropriate, let your child choose the topic area and book.
Find An Incentive Program
A number of schools and public library systems have incentive programs that reward children based on the number of books they complete or the number of hours they read within a given period, such as within a month. For example, if your child reads 20 minutes a day for an entire month, they get a certificate for free lunch at their favorite restaurant.
After your child starts to enjoy reading more, you can create your own incentive program. One idea is a book tradeoff. Every time your child finishes a book you could take them out to a used bookstore to purchase another new or used book.
Once you get your child excited about reading you open up the door to a brighter future. Make reading an activity the entire family enjoys.