“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers…

An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers……….
An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

The Knowledge Library

How can Parents Help Foster Reading Habits in Children?

  • Encourage reading at all possible opportunities: It can be a wonderful activity for rainy days, long waits at malls or supermarkets, at the airport or in flights or long rides.
  • Ensure your child reads daily for 30 minutes to an hour. This keeps the students’ vocabulary and reading ability growing during the summer.
  • Make a list of at least four or five books they can read over the break. A clear goal to read at least a few books sets children off for the summer with a reading plan they have self-selected.
  • Post reminders for children to read books. Hang recommendations on the refrigerator, in the child’s room, on the wardrobe as a constant reminder. Make a cozy nook or corner for them to read.
  • Read aloud to kids daily. By reading aloud we are inculcating good listening, vocabulary and fluency skills in children, besides emphasizing the importance of reading.
  • Make reading fun! Encourage them to use new vocabulary words learned by playing anagrams or crosswords or just simply writing a story thereby developing their creative skills along the way.
  • Reading through newspapers or magazines, and not just books goes a long way in keeping them informed of the world at large too.
  • Encourage children to discuss what they have read and give their reviews. If they have seen the movie, then encourage them to critically review and compare both. Ask them to connect what they have read with their own life or a place or perhaps another similar story.
  • Hold a book exchange. Children can exchange books with friends in their society. Encourage this as a means of saving and also socializing with friends to discuss about books.
  • Reading challenges are widely available on the internet. Use these challenges to motivate the children to stay dedicated to the task.
  • Enroll children in reading clubs Give students a chance to debate, open their mind to varied ideas and be great socializing hubs.
  • Gifting Books. Avoid creating incentives for pizza and toys as rewards for good behavior or reading for a time limit. Instead consider books, bookmarks, or bookstore gift cards to purchase gifts of their choice. If you have extra books in the end, donate to a local school, charity or the school library! This inculcates in the children feeling of service before self.

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