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Help Your Child Learn English with 10 Reading Tips
Reading is a great way to get your child interested in learning English as well as a fantastic tool to supplement their English classes by teaching them vocabulary and grammar.
Here are ten tips to get your child reading:
1. Set a routine. Get children used to a specific time for reading, maybe after their bath or at bedtime. This will get them into the habit of reading.
2. Make reading fun. You might want your children to be science whizzes when they are older and that’s great but it’s likely that at a young age books that are too grown will be boring to them and make them less likely to read. If they are interested in puppies and birthday cakes allow them to read books with these themes. You will find that this will make them more interested in book time.
3. Let them pick out their own books. You will find that children will be particularly interested in reading if they have chosen the books themselves.
4. Talk to other mothers with children of the same age about what their children are reading. You might get new ideas and even be able to swap books with them.
5. Don’t promote reading to the extent that you become anti-television. Remember that television series like Angelina Ballerina (see our blog on books for preschool children) among many others are based on books. You might find that your child is more interested in a book if he or she is already familiar with the television series.
6. Keep it short and sweet. For young learners it’s a good idea to keep reading time short, maybe between 20 and 30 minutes. This will keep the experience exciting and they will be less likely to become bored.
7. Don’t force your child to read. There will be days when your child is simply not interested in reading or books and that’s fine. Leave it for another day.
8. Don’t force a child to sit down while reading. Some children like to walk around or play while they are with their books or listening to a story. They still could be paying attention.
9. Don’t associate books with punishment. For example, if a child misbehaves you might be tempted to tell them to turn off the television and go to their rooms with a book. This could be a mistake if you are trying to encourage reading as it could give the child negative associations with books.
10. Sit with them during their reading time. Children will be even more eager to read in English when they realize that it is an opportunity for them to spend quality time with you.
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