The series on “Older children and books” comes to an end with the present article.
The first article had presented personality characteristics of older children and the values promoted by books, for them. The second one touched the role of parents in furthering their child’s reading interest.
The present article is the third and last article of the series. It provides tips to proactive parents who wish to promote and maintain their children’s interest in reading. These tips provide a start up for parents. They can add more proactive behaviors as they go along on this journey.
Parental tips to guide children’s reading
The following tips are supposed to cover children who may have recently graduated from storybooks for preschoolers or may already have been reading books for sometime. Other children will be at various levels of reading. Parental inputs should be given according to these individual differences in children. The tips are a guide list to be used with discretion by parents.
The list does not follow any ordering.
- Encourage your child to read one or two headlines in the newspapers, followed by a small discussion with you on the topic. Invite questions but try not to overload your child with Information.
- When your child starts to read books, you may first read with your child in order to keep the momentum going. Help/monitor your child till he/she can read independently
- Enroll your child for membership in a lending library. Introduce him/her to some of the books and help in selecting books of his/her interest.Gradually, introduce your child to a variety of books.
- Talk/hold discussions with your child’s class teacher and with the PTA to help inculcate in children, good reading habits and interest in books.
- Make use of school and neighborhood facilities for enriching your child’s reading as well as follow up experiences.
- Try to inculcate interest in reading educational/utility books once in a while. The same enriches a child’s experience with books.
- After your child completes reading a book, encourage him/her to have a follow up discussion with you, as and when required. It helps the child to understand and validate concepts, clarifies doubts and may lead to advanced level of reading by upgrading interest on the topic/subject.
- Buy a simple dictionary and a thesaurus. Provide help in learning to use them.
- Encourage your child to write down about an event after experiencing it.This is a precursor to creative writing. It goes hand in hand with reading books. For the same reason, encourage your child to enter an essay or other related competitions.
Here’s hoping, your child becomes a champion “Book Reader”!