V. Hugo said, “The need for reading is like gunpowder, once ignited, it is no longer extinguished.” There are some points that we need to pay attention to in order for this need to develop and continue in our children. All parents expect their children to develop vocabulary, language development, reasoning skills, perception and focusing skills, listening and speaking skills, general culture, increase imagination, support creativity, and strengthen communication. We can list many more things about the importance of reading books in your child’s development. Like many parents, you want your child to be a child who loves books and reads books whenever possible, that is, has the habit of reading. But your child’s relationship with books may end with the completion of their homework, and the pages of all the books may be closed as soon as their homework is finished.
Reminders for reading a book may also go in one ear and out the other. In such a situation, forcing your child to read may cause him to stay away from books even more, rather than gaining this habit. So, how can you inculcate the habit of reading in your children? With the school holidays, your child’s free time will increase. Therefore, the holiday period is a good time for your child to gain the habit of reading.
In this period, you can turn the holiday period into an advantage for your child by introducing your child to books more closely. A few suggestions for you to develop and accelerate your child’s reading habit; Books that contain words that your child understands, fairy tales, quotes from real life from time to time, that are of interest to your child, that do not contain very long sentences, and that include pictures in between, are a better choice for your child. will be. To develop reading habits in your child in this period; Go to the bookstore with your child. Let him spend time in the bookstore, reviewing the books. Let her cat choose when you buy her a book. When there are books that are suitable for your child but you think are too long, read them yourself. You and your child can take turns reading to each other.
You can first listen to a book he has read, and then you can read to him. Create an opportunity for your child to read aloud (especially in the first grades of primary education). Sometimes you can ask him to tell you about a book he has read and liked. Talking with your child about the book he is reading will encourage him to read. Do not force your child to read when they are distracted. For older children; Choosing and recommending the books that your child will choose according to his own interests, that are not only concerned with giving messages and teaching something, and recommended by his favorite friends or teachers, can also attract his attention more with tablets and online books that you will buy gifts for him, taking into account the technological developments. you can get closer.
To develop the habit of reading for your child in this age group; By exploring your child’s interests and getting to know your child better, choose books that will interest him, Gift your child a book that you would like him to read, Keep magazines, cartoons, and newspapers in your home that will attract your child’s attention apart from the book, Chat with your child about a book he reads, ask his thoughts about the book , ask him to recommend a book to you, Determine reading times at home, reading while your child is reading, creating a family-reading ritual at home will help your child gain the habit of reading. Go to the bookstore together, let your child choose the books he will read, touch and examine the books, spend enough time in the bookstore, Ask him to read a book to his brother from time to time. If your child is leaving a book unfinished, don’t force him to read it. Let him discover what kind of books he likes. Trying to forcefully read books that he is not interested in can cause your child to turn away from books. Ask your older children for book recommendations for siblings as well. Encourage her to do research on this. Your child will love to give suggestions. Buy your child not only books, but also gifts that will evoke reading. Magazine, bookmarks, bookshelf etc. Try to have newspapers and magazines at home, and you can subscribe your child to an age-appropriate magazine. Thus, a publication that comes home for him will encourage him to read and examine the magazine. Stay away from these: From criticizing the books your child chooses Buying thick and heavily written books for your child who is just starting to read. Stay away from forcing your child to read a book, “read a book” or “read a book”. And remember once again the fact that our children learn by sight, not by word, let’s not forget that we as parents should be role models for them first. Let’s read. As Brodsky said, “If there is a greater crime than burning books, it is not to read them.”