Kids know they need to read to get good grades at school. Sometimes, they might even feel like they read all day long at school! Reading is very good for kids, but sometimes it is hard to get them to want to read outside of school. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the best thing parents can do to encourage children to love books and reading is to read aloud to them. Here are some more great tips from The AAP!
FOR YOUNGER KIDS:
- Read aloud to your kids, every day. Even if it is just for a few minutes, it is quality time spent together.
- Let your child choose the books, even if it means reading the same book over and over!
- Reading should be fun. You don’t always have to finish the story if your child loses interest.
- Invite your child to “read” to you from a book that is very familiar to them.
- Ask about the pictures and what your child thinks will happen next. This can be really fun to see what they come up with!
- Read from a variety of books. Follow your child’s lead to find which books interest your child.
FOR OLDER KIDS:
- Model good behavior. When kids see you reading, they are more likely to pick up a book themselves.
- All reading is good reading. Let your kids read books based on their specific interests. Give books they might be interested in as gifts.
- Create a reading nook. Choose an area in your home to place blankets, pillows, and other cozy things to be used as a comfortable place to read.
- Encourage them to bring books in the car or into places they may have to wait. Books are a great option instead of devices when they are bored!
- Read what they read. Follow their interests by reading what they are reading. It makes it fun and gives you something enjoyable to talk about.
- Read together. Bedtime is a great time for this! Even as kids get older it can be a great way to spend time together. Mix things up on some nights and let your child read aloud to you!
It is important to read to your child and to keep reading with your child after they learn how to read. Reading together can create bonds and establish good communication habits with your children that can last a lifetime. If you have any questions or want to schedule a well-child or other appointment for your children, contact The Pediatric Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho or Rigby, Idaho. Our medical staff at The Pediatric Center currently consists of seven Board Certified Pediatricians and three Certified Pediatric Physician Assistants. We have been serving eastern Idaho for over 55 years providing quality pediatric care and offer extended hours so we can better serve your family and their health care needs.
Some content provided by The American Academy of Pediatrics https://healthychildren.org/