How to help your child become an independent reader
By becoming a reader, your child will also become more independent.
Help your child to choose reading material which they will enjoy.
- Children enjoy reading texts that are aimed at their age and interests, whether they be about football, fairies, ghosts or outer space. When choosing a book, look through it and read the summary on the back.
- Those with illustrations add to the interest and are often the quickest way into the text.
- Your child can choose from different types of text, for example, story books or factual texts, depending on the appeal to her imagination and her character.
- Story books provide a way into reading through a combination of words and pictures.
- Factual texts will interest the curious reader who wants to find out about the world.
- Some high-quality magazines contain an attractive combination of fiction and non-fiction and create a continuous relationship with a young reader.
- It can be reassuring for a child to reread a picture book that is familiar from a very early age.
- A good book does not have to be long.
- A good book can be put down for a while, but will be easy to pick up again later.
- Let her choose books which you yourself may not find very interesting.
- Buy your child something to read. If you want to buy a little present, why not get a book instead of a toy? And get books for his friends' birthdays, too.
- Offer a taster. Tempt him by reading the summary on the back of a book, or by flicking through the pages. You might even read out a short passage you think is funny or interesting.
- Issue a challenge: “If I read the first two chapters to you, I bet you’ll want to read the rest yourself.”
- Try reading your chld's books. A good children's story can be fun for adults, too. They are often more complex than you might think, and they are usually too short to be boring!
- Sharing a book with your child allows you to discuss it, or to help him to develop an opinion.
- A book isn't an ornament and doesn't stay locked away. A book can be lent to friends or taken to the seaside - a bit of sand between the pages doesn't matter. However, your child should be encouraged to look after a book as he would his favourite toy.
- Let your child organise his own bookshelf. This will reflect his own preferences.
- Read as a family. Older children often like reading to younger children. What about a family outing to the library so that everyone can choose a book?