One of the best things to teach to young people is the habit of reading. Reading good and informative books that could greatly contribute to their learning process and to their overall personal development. When we were young, our mom or dad will read us bedtime stories to put us to sleep. The moment we start learning to read, they read with us. They guide us, they teach us, they show us how valuable and wonderful books can be.
Today, reading materials are offered in different forms, we have physical books, magazines, booklets, comics, newspapers and through electronic devices which makes a book an eBook. As adults, it’s vital that we continue to guide them with their reading. Let us constantly remind them that with reading, they can learn a lot of things. Books are not just good for educating people’s mind but is also a good source of entertainment. Books can be your constant companion in everywhere you go. It helps your mind be entertained when boredom strikes.
According to Charles Eliot, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
In establishing a good reading habit, it would be ideal that you start it while their minds are still young. At least the time they’re able to understand some things because their consciousness are still fresh and not yet influenced with some other activities which are not helpful in their development.
So how do you exactly establish good reading habits to your young ones?
Introduce. The first ideal thing to do is to introduce young ones into good books. Let them know that books can be their good friend. Let them see the beauty within the books.
Time to Read. Reading can be done anytime but it would be great if you set a certain time for your kids to read books. If they’re too young to read, set a time to read with them. If they can read on their own, it would be great too that you’re there to accompany them or if they want to read books on their own whatever time they want, then let them be.
Guide them step by step. Remember that your little ones are still learning so be patient and guide them well. If they commit mistakes, don’t scold them but gently correct them instead. If they’re able to read the whole book, don’t expect that they understand everything. While you’re teaching your young ones to read, also motivate them to understand what they have read in each sentence, because this can help sharp their minds. You may also try to ask questions to them to see if they truly understand what they have read. Later on, they will be able to develop a good reading attitude.
Be an example. Don’t forget to also show your child that you’re also a reader. Considering that child are good imitators, why not make your reading be an imitation to your child?
These strategies are good foundation on making your child to read more. Show them enthusiasm when reading books so that they become more motivated.…