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Why Doesn't My Child
A couple of days ago I published on article on how to encourage children to read from an early age.
We saw a lot of positive responses and parents keen to get on board with our strategies, but a few parents raised concerns that their children were older and not all that keen on reading.
So, we decided to add some new strategies to our library that parents to can use to encourage their older children to develop a love for reading (it’s never too late!)
But, back to the question – "Why doesn’t my child like reading?"
Well… I’m not sure there is an easy answer to that one.
There are so many factors associated with reading that it probably depends on the particular child you are referring to (think about skills associated with reading, reading ability, interests etc).
Starting right at the basics, there are a number of skills involved in reading books.
Think about how many actions you need to complete to read a book. What are the skills you need to pick up the book, turn pages, read from left to right?
There are a number of skills that children need to learn before they even start to think about developing the skill of actually reading and understanding words on a page (which is where the strategies for introducing reading to infants and toddlers comes in).
It is important that children understand and can demonstrate the skills associated with reading prior to starting school.
One really easy way to encourage reading across the board is to have plenty of books in your home.
Research has found that the number of books in a family’s home has a direct relationship with that child’s later academic achievement in the area of reading.
So, it’s important to remember that just having books present in your home is a great place to start your children on their journey towards becoming great readers!
But, if your children have passed the stage of infancy and toddler hood, not to worry, there are still plenty strategies you can use to help your child become interested in reading.
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