10 Ways to Help Your Child Become Interested in Reading

10 Ways to Help Your Child Become Interested in Reading

Father with daughter (6-7) reading book on sofa


As it is in any home, instilling a lifelong love of reading is critical to Mercy Home’s goal of helping our young people succeed in school, discover their gifts and develop into confident and well-rounded adults.

You can encourage reading for a child in your life – here are just a few ways:

1.

Pay attention to what your child is interested in, and encourage him or her to read books on those subjects.

2.

Set aside time to read with your child every day. Spend time reading together just before bed and take turns reading out loud with younger children.

3.

Set time aside every week for family reading night.

4.

Make reading a daily part of life, including reading road signs, recipes and directions out loud.

5.

Make reading interactive – ask your children’s opinions on what they are reading.

6.

Set goals, such as challenging your child to read three books over Christmas break.

7.

Ask older children to help younger ones with reading. This activity will boost older kids’ confidence, in addition to providing important practice for younger children.

8.

If you can‘t go to the library, they often offer access to eBooks and audiobooks on their website. These are great when you can’t leave your home!

9.

Actively encourage children to read and congratulate them on their progress.

10.

Set an example—seeing you read will encourage your child to do the same!

Help the young people of Mercy Home always have the books and resources they need to keep interested in reading.

Comments

3 replies
  1. Beverly Rogers says:

    This is a great article. I will definitely be doing wayyyyyyy more reading with my baby. He loves it. He’s only 2 1/2 but he can read core words such as him her they us we the and is are…….. He’s amazing and I want to continue to nourish his growing mind. It’s so amazing to see someone so small really talking reading and comprehending.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Discover More

Resources
clock 5 minute read

Getting Kids off the Couch

These helpful tips will get kids off the couch and engaged in more creative, physical activities to exercise their growing...

April 27, 2020

Resources
clock 5 minute read

How to be a Happier Parent

Amy Williams, mother and former social worker, shares ten ways to help focus on the positive and cultivate happiness as...

April 19, 2020

Comments

3 replies
  1. Beverly Rogers says:

    This is a great article. I will definitely be doing wayyyyyyy more reading with my baby. He loves it. He’s only 2 1/2 but he can read core words such as him her they us we the and is are…….. He’s amazing and I want to continue to nourish his growing mind. It’s so amazing to see someone so small really talking reading and comprehending.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *