5 Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Love Reading

By Rita Buettner  |  Photo by Rita Buettner

You know reading is important, but you also want your child to want to read. How can you introduce your child to reading so that it doesn’t feel like just another homework assignment?

Kara Tignor, M.S, CCC-SLP, division director of the Speech, Language & Hearing Clinic at the Loyola Clinical Centers and a mother of three, offers a few tips on how to make reading fun.

Make reading part of everyday activities. If you’re baking a cake, let your child read the recipe. If Grandma and Grandpa are coming over later, your child can read the text messages to find out when. When you want to order a pizza for dinner, give your child the menu to pick the toppings. Read signs on the street, maps, and even the remote control. Keep reading experiential and enjoyable.

Follow your child’s interests. Even if you’re not into dinosaurs, if your child comes home and asks a question about a brontosaurus, take the time to look up brontosauruses on the Internet. If he wants to read about pinball machines, read about pinball machines. If she wants to look in the newspaper for the box scores for the Orioles, go for it.reading_2

Make reading a special time. Create a special place in your house that’s your reading corner. Maybe you snuggle on the couch together when you read. Try to make reading a special time without distractions.

Introduce your child to the thrill of discovering a book. Nothing takes the place of a trip to the bookstore or the library. If they come home with 10 books, let them experience the joy of figuring out what makes this one interesting.

Read aloud to your child regardless of age. Even as your child grows and can read alone, continue to read together.

Learn about summer reading opportunities to help your child become a stronger reader at the Loyola Clinical Centers.

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