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5 ways to get your child reading

In this modern world of technology, reading very rarely ranks in the top ten hobby list of a child – which is such a shame. Few things trigger imagination and creativity like reading!

But all is not lost.Nic Rothquel, founder of Alchemy Tuition offers us 5 ways to get your child reading – and not just doing it, but loving it!

Work at their ability level

I see this in students all the time: they attempt to read something that is outside of their current ability level and they end up feeling discouraged. No one enjoys doing something they are no good at! Find them a book that is appropriate to their level – once they have mastered it they will want to move up to the next level themselves.

Read what is interesting to them

It is amazing: there are books on every hobby, interest and niche you can think of. If your child is passionate about something, find them a book that matches it. I have a friend and her son is obsessed with garbage trucks – yep, there’s a book series about garbage trucks. My daughter (like all girls under 5) is still obsessed with Frozen, and her book of choice before bed always has to feature Anna or Elsa in it in some way. Remember that we are trying to build a love for reading first and the skills will follow – the best way to get them to love it is to get them reading about something they love!

Get them thinking about what they have read critically

After reading with them, ask them questions that gets them engaged in the story: what would they have done in that situation? How would they have acted differently? You want to teach them that when reading, they can actually take control of the story and allow it to come alive in their minds.

Make it a daily habit

When I encounter a student who struggles with any of the core English skills – writing, grammar, spelling – my first question is how much do they read? There are few things that make as much of a difference in a student’s development as the daily discipline of reading. Make reading a daily habit – put aside 30 minutes before bed to get them reading quietly. Or get them reading to you while you prepare dinner. Every bit counts!

Be the example

Your children will naturally want to do what you do. If they never see you reading, it is unlikely that they will have a desire to do it. Try to set aside some time each day where you read with them, but on your own. It is so easy to put a book in front of them and get busy with all the things you need to do, but on occasion take some time out to enjoy reading yourself – you may just forget about all the things you need to do!

Reading is one of those things we all grew up doing – but in this world of iPhones and Netflix it can be so easily left behind. The benefits however go without saying, and if they can build the habit of reading for enjoyment now, it will stay with them for life.


Nic Rothquel is the founder of Alchemy Tuition, an award-winning private tuition agency that started here on the Northern Beaches more than 10 years ago, but has since grown to more than 400 of the very best hand-selected tutors across the state. More than just academic results, Alchemy Tuition focus on boosting confidence, increasing motivation and ultimately allowing the student to realise their full potential.

 


 

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