In the age of supreme development in technology and media, many aspects of our lives are changing every day. You can see the differences in mindset and living habits between Millennials and Gen Z generation. Children nowadays have early access to technology and science; therefore, it affects their character very much. Every parent will have a unique educating method for their children. But to those who want to develop reading habit in children, it’s good to start early, because a good practice makes a good character. And reading is one of the essential skills to be successful.
Time for children to interact with books
When we were small, our grandparents or parents read fairy tales for us before going to sleep. Reading to babies is a great way to make your child familiar with sounds, images, and the world overall. There are no exact rules for the appropriate age for children to interact with books. But you can follow this method:
Under six months: you should choose books with little text and high-contrast pictures such as fairy tales or animal world stories. Pointing at images and using your voice is critical things to make your child impressive in books.
Twelve months until your child can talk: when your child is aware of and curious about their surrounding world. It’s time to broaden the kind of books for them. In this time you can figure out which types of books your child like to read most.
To develop reading habit in children, keeping patience is crucial. And practices make habits; your child can’t be eager to read the books when the time they play smartphone is much more the time they read books.
Stick reading books to a daily routine
Adults have a busy schedule in their life. But the child has much time to study and entertain. Therefore, instruct your child to arrange their time table and spend at least 1 hour a day to read their favorite books to develop a reading habit.
Keep in mind that not to force your child to read if they’re tired after studying at school. Instead, keeping supporting and encouraging attitude towards your children.
Create a reading area in your house
It doesn’t need to have a lot of bookshelves; a reading space needs a comfortable chair and good lighting. This’s one of the effective ways to develop a reading habit. Decorate it with accessories, a variety of your family’ favorite books and make it a cozy reading corner.
Be a good sample for your children
When your kid is small, it’s better for parents to read books together. And children learn from what they see. If a child sees parents read books or magazines regularly, they can imitate and find the motivation to develop a reading habit.
Communicate with children through books
Maybe you can find it’s hard to start a conversation with your child. The book is an excellent topic for every talk. When your children finish a book, ask them about the story, the character they like, the feeling of them. This not only encourages your child’s comprehension skills but also develop a reading habit for your family.