Can reading for pleasure be taught?
Or is it like vegemite - you developed an opinion early in childhood and you are not going to be swayed now.
If you love it, you love it, end of story. If you hate it, you have no idea why others take so much pleasure in it.
Well The Guardian would have us believe there is hope! and have provided great teaching resources and ideas which will help you to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader.
Here are our TOP FIVE tips from the article 'How to teach… reading for pleasure.'
1. Shared reading between older and younger students, such as siblings is a great idea as it acts as an opportunity to increase confidence and reading skills of older students as well as helping the younger ones to experience the thrills of reading. Try to set it as a routine, the older child reads a bedtime story to the younger sibling every night.
2. Parents, it is vital you read with your child at home! There is no getting away from this fact. And make it interactive. Create a book of reviews and once you and your child have finished a book write up a review. You might want to type it up and post it. There are plenty of children's book review sites such as The Guardian Children's Books and Amazon Children's Books.
3. Get young readers to join book groups. There may be a book club at their school or local library. If not, check out my Blog about starting your own children's book club.
4. Once your child has finished reading the book - if they loved it help them contact the author. They could email or handwrite - but authors love hearing from their young readers. You will be surprised how often authors will write back. This activity makes the people behind to book real to the young reader and they will be more inclined to look for other things that author has written.
5. Move from book to film and back again. If your child loved the film, maybe they would try reading the book. This is especially helpful for students who have a difficult time following complex plot structure or character development - they are able to predict because the story is familiar. Comparing the book to the film is also a great way to get your child talking about the details of the story and thinking about structure and production.
If you have any other ideas to help your child become a lifelong reader please share them in the comments section.
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