When I was little, I knew of a special way to escape the humdrum. One minute I would be staring at the floor and wondering what to do and the next moment, I would be walking in the alleys of Rome or visiting a temple in Thailand. It wasn’t any sci-fi gadget that made such travel possible for me. Back then, my instrument of supersonic transportation and living vicariously was always a humble book. Even to this day, I haven’t come across a better way of doing that.
The Magical World of Books
Books! I truly believe there is magic in them. From the feel of the cover to feeling the pages between the fingers, from the smell to the different worlds they help you travel to, books are magical objects that have the power to turn a seemingly ordinary day in the head and give it the most extraordinary twist!
Tips to Help Your Kids Become Voracious Readers
With video games, handheld games, and a lot of other high-tech gadgets available, kids these days have veered away from the world of books. But we parents know how important it is to develop good reading habits as reading helps develop a good vocabulary, strengthen communication skills, and introduces them to a veritable treasure trove of knowledge.
Getting the kids to be interested in reading can be quite a challenge. But it is not unachievable. Here is what I did to hook mine!
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- Get Them to Read You Bedtime Stories – This can be fun! Pretend to go to bed before your kids do. Then come to them and tell them you are having trouble falling asleep and would them to read you a bedtime story. Kids love role playing, especially when it lets them feel like an adult. So let them tuck you in and read. This is one exciting way to get your kids to develop reading habits!
- Alleviate Reading from a Chore to a Fun Activity – Think of ways to make reading fun. Read in the garden, read in the car, do anything but don’t make reading a chore. Some of my friends used to fix reading hours for the kids. As the clocks struck the hour, they would make the kids rush over to their study tables and read ‘three to four pages.’ No wonder then, kids began to loathe it and find ways to avoid reading hour.
- Give Them Freedom to Explore – So you think your kids should be reading autobiographies? You think it’s time to outgrow picture books and move to fairy tales instead? Or do you think they should quicken their pace? Let the kids decide for themselves! Every child has her preferences as well as her reading pace. As long as she is reading and as long as she is enjoying, let her make the calls as far as genre and pace are concerned.
- Introduce Reading Games – There are some really good reading games available online. From teaching really young kids the alphabet to teaching older ones to spell correctly, solve reading-related puzzles, improve comprehension skills etc., the scope of such games is vast. With appealing graphics and tunes accompanying the games, it is no surprise that they are such a hit with the kids! If you have been struggling to get the kids to read a book, try introducing them to such online reading games. The transition from playing reading games online to cultivating reading habits is usually pretty smooth.
- Set an Example – Kids love to imitate adults which is why it is a good idea to set an example for them to follow. Take them along to the next library visit. Buying books online? Let them sit with you through the selection process. Get them interested in the process of reading by making it seem very interesting – they are most likely to follow suit!
With these easy tips to help you, instilling the love of reading in your kids should be a cakewalk. Good luck!
Kate Anderson is a blogger and freelance writing professional interested in everything to do with kids and gaming. Always on the lookout for something interesting to do online, Kate is especially fond of exciting virtual world games. Her writing reflects her love for fun online games.