We all dream of a good life for our children. We know from the inside that by reading a book, they can get closer to the secret keys to life, and maybe even lie down. We have no doubt that our children will become an ‘aware’ individual thanks to reading.
So what can we do to give our children the love of reading and learning and to encourage children to read?
- You can read books to your baby in the womb. Your voice, rhythm, deciphered syllables, attention will be very good for your baby and the relationship between you. After your baby is born, you can also introduce him to books at any time. The goal here is not to teach the child anything, but for your baby to have a positive relationship with books. Books that contain various textures, make sounds, are colored, that is, move different senses, would be a good start for this period.
- Kids love routines. Knowing their plans makes them feel in control and safe. Just like brushing your teeth and wearing pajamas, reading books can also be in the child’s natural and daily routine.
- Children should be able to read something wherever they want. Books can be in various places of the house, whether lying on the floor or sitting on the couch. Remember: a messy house is a living house.
- It is more important what they do than what the parent says. A child whose parents read books with pleasure, increases the likelihood of reading books.
- Books can strengthen the relationship and bond between parent and child very dec.Decibel books can strengthen the relationship and bond between parent and child. Reading a book to oneself by a child’s father is one of the most valuable childhood memories for a child. Just as dec dec brings family members together, book-reading moments can also become a value that family members come together and enjoy, such as family dinners.
• Every child and family is unique. It is important to research books that correspond to the age level and temperament characteristics of your child.
Even from time to time, it will be useful for the parent to read the book before the child. Parents may choose not to read content that is not in accordance with their family culture, approach, and the structure of the child.
• It is important that children monitor their time spent at the top of the screen at times that are appropriate for their peers.
One-touch access to a colorful, very fast world is possible on the screen. A child who is getting used to the virtual world more than necessary is likely to get into the habit of reading books.
- It is important that the books are at a height level that is easily accessible to the child. So he can read it whenever he wants.
- A remark such as ‘You will not be able to leave the house today, you will be reading a book’, which is said to sanction the child for his behavior, will make things worse. It creates the perception that ‘reading books is boring, it’s bad’. Therefore, it is important that it is not used for criminal/sanction purposes.
- Enthusiastic experiences such as visiting local libraries on your travels, seeing your child’s enthusiasm for a newly released book feed the habit of reading books.
- October is a great October when you have books belonging to your child in addition to your child’s toys in your bag. It will be a great opportunity to have your book among your options when you want to do something in December. dec.
- Children want to read some of the books they have read over and over again. Either they are learning something from this book, or this book they are reading points to an important emotional issue in the child’s life. Feel free to read it again and again.
- Wouldn’t it be great to attend book fairs in your city and your favorite author’s signing days with your child?
• It is very exciting to watch the movie of the book being read. It is sometimes gratifying and sometimes disappointing to encounter the characters and spaces you have created in your mind. It is very important that children have this experience.
- You can create games in which you also include books. For example, putting books in a treasure chest, storing them and finding them with a map, finding out which book is from the described topic. The games are completely up to your creativity. Wouldn’t it be fun and engaging?
• You can give special books to your child and each other on special occasions. This allows us to form the perception of how valuable books are. But it is inconvenient to give a reward to a child for reading a book.
- It is important not to fall behind in age. It does not hurt to listen to books when drawing pictures or cleaning the room. In the same way, although it is not a substitute for real books, it is possible to support the transition of a child who uses a busy screen to a book that is an electronic book reader.
- It is worth not turning the topic of reading books into a process of pressure and coercion. When trying to get children into the habit of reading books, it will be healthiest to take small steps with a child who resists reading.