Today’s Digital Temptations
Can Distract Your Kids
But These Tips
Can Attract Them!
Providing a Variety of
Reading Tips of Kids, Resources and
Devices is the Key
We all know that children are naturally both curious and energetic when it comes to learning about the world around them. So guiding some of that curiosity toward a variety of reading experiences can capture and maintain their reading interest. Traditional hardback books, magazines, tablets, smart phones, and desktop computers can all be utilized for your child’s reading satisfaction. With those options in mind, here are 5 ways you can inspire your child’s love of reading.
Notice that the word ‘Librarian’ rather than ‘Library’ is used here. Librarians are well-trained resource specialists who are happy to spend a little time showing your child free options available in the library system. Traditional books, kids’ magazines, audio books, and even digital options for electronic devices are available to provide a variety of reading experiences.
This opportunity gives children the feelings of responsibility, commitment, and excitement about using reading materials from the vast, free library system. It also encourages a regular, lifetime reading habit .
On their own, digital devices already pique everyone’s interest! Showing your child how to read responsibly on a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone gives him or her the technical skills as well as the reading skills needed for success. Switching between the devices can also maintain his or her positive attitude toward reading experiences.
We all like incentives, don’t we? A small poster (tagboard) made with a pen and ruler can be set up to track the books your child has read. He or she will love the visual representation of accomplishment! Stickers and color markers can add colorful interest to the reading chart, as well.
It becomes quite easy for readers to stay in a particular category of reading, like literature, and stay there for life! But exposure to all reading categories and subcategories can open up a world of previously unexplored reading experiences for your child! While your child may not initially desire to visit other reading categories-- like informational texts, or poetry-- due natural curiosity, he or she will probably enjoy them!
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