Does your child have the Motivation to Read? A child who is motivated is ready and wants to learn how to read. He or she knows that reading is fun and stories are entertaining. Having the motivation to learn how to read is an important pre-reading skill that a child needs to be a successful reader.
Motivation To Read:
Does Your Child Have The Motivation To Read?
A child who is motivated to learn how to read will:
- Show an interest in books and reading
- Ask you to read aloud frequently
- Pretend to read or write
What Can You Do To Encourage a Motivation To Read?
- Read to your child everyday: Sharing stories and illustrations with your child everyday will introduce him or her to books and foster a love of reading and learning. He or she will enjoy spending that time bonding with you too.
- Let your child pick what book he or she wants to read: Your child will be more interested in reading if he or she picks books about his or her favorite things or characters. If your child is interested in sharks, for example, have a themed basket full of fiction and non-fiction books that he or she can look at and “read.”
- Have books in your house: Build your own library of children’s books and place them around your house. That way your child can easily pick one up to look at any time.
- Read it over and over and over: Does your child have a story that he or she loves and wants to read every day? Kids like to hear stories over and over because they know what to expect. You can encourage your child to finish the sentences or even read from memory.
More Ways To Encourage A Motivation To Read:
- Read Everyday Print: Throughout the day, read your grocery list, recipes, or calendar. You will show your child that words are all around us and we read everyday. Model how to read because your child will learn best by watching you.
- Visit the library: Introduce your child to a variety of fiction and non-fictions books in different genres at the library. Most libraries that have a children’s area that offers free story times too.
- Read with enthusiasm: By using different voices and facial expressions for the characters in the book, you will bring the story to life for your child. You will keep him or her focused and paying attention too.
- Let you child move: Does your child learn best when they are moving? Pick books that he or she can interact with by lifting the flaps, counting the pictures on each page, or acting like the characters. (if the character is hopping then your child can hop) You can also read to your child while they are doing something else like eating a snack, coloring, or taking a bath.
Having the Motivation to Read is one of the essential pre-reading skills that a child needs to be a successful reader. If a child wants to learn how to read, then he or she will be engaged and have fun learning!
How do you motivate your child to learn how to read? Share your ideas in the comments below.