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Easy Steps to Building a Good Reading Habit in Children

Want to help your children imbibe the reading culture? Learn how!

Titilayo Ilori

Get a shelf for your child. Make sure it is not one that is out of the reach of a child.

It is advisable to build a shelf that is reachable, so that a child can always reach for a book without help.

Easy Steps to Building a Good Reading Habit in Children

When it comes to reading, it can be done anywhere. Do not limit your child's reading to books only.

You can ask your child to read a signpost or a television advert. Make reading a game for your child. Do not take it too seriously

Easy Steps to Building a Good Reading Habit in Children

When you take your kids to the bookshop, let them pick books of their choice. Do not pick for them or force your choice on them.

You must understand that your choice of books might not be the same as your child's. Give your kids the liberty to pick the books of their choice.

Easy Steps to Building a Good Reading Habit in Children

Some kids have special corners where they like to seat when reading, while others can read anywhere.

If your child is the type that likes a particular corner, you can decorate it by pasting his or her favorite cartoon characters there.

You can also buy him or her a permanent table and chair. This will encourage the child to always want to sit in his or her corner

Easy Steps to Building a Good Reading Habit in Children

Always read together with your child. Some parents might be very busy, but note that it is important to read together with your child.

You can ask your child to read you a chapter or two from a book while you cook.

Also, you can take some time at the end of your reading session to discuss what you've just read, but keep it fun and lighthearted

Easy Steps to Building a Good Reading Habit in Children

Some children do not like reading. Some wouldn't read except you promise to take them out or buy them something. Remember, your kids are not equal, but there is always a way to treat children like that.

If your child falls into this category, that's not a problem. Each time you want such child to read, just tell him or her about your next outing and ask what they will like to wear.

After that is sorted, tell such a child to go and study. You will be surprised at the child's level of concentration.