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something right now that would improve her listening and speaking skills, kindle her imagination and even help her find
a good job with a bigger salary when she grows up? Guess what? Yes, you can!
You can teach your child to love to read.
tremendous influence over your child’s attitude toward reading. Sure, we love it when our child begins to
read. But not every child who learns how
to read becomes a reader- a person who loves and enjoys reading.
anything she saw on sight. And I do mean anything. She was carrying hard-bound Harry Potter books
to school at age seven and believed so much in the wizard magic that she waited
for her owl to arrive when she turned eleven. Today, at sixteen, she still
reads a lot. I have checked her 2012
reading challenge stats and found out
she has read 41 books out of her goal of 60 books. Sure, she is such a regular teener obsessed
with music and gadgets and makeup and clothes, but buying and reading books
(yep, she buys the real ones while the mom, that’s me, is fine with the
e-books) are one of her top priorities.
who loves to read, you, as a parent, need to stimulate and encourage your child’s
reading attitude from preschool onwards. Here’s how:
see you reading books, magazines and newspapers. Busy mom as you are, show her that you still
make time to read. Say, “Check this out!”
and read aloud an excerpt or little trivia that is interesting, funny or full
of information that is new to you.
children’s books at Book Sale. For my
e-books (and books that are difficult to find in local bookstores), I get them over at Amazon and Kobo.
Our bookshelves are stuffed with books and I also have a stack of
magazines and the dailies on the coffee table.
Stow a book or a magazine in the
car and in your bag, too (I actually have my Kindle with me the way others have
their cell phones with them) and encourage your child to do the same. That way, whenever and wherever you’re
waiting, you can read. Believe me, the waiting game at doctor’s appointments
will be much bearable if you have your book with you!
computer games tend to dampen a child’s imagination and stifle intelligent and
meaningful conversation. Instead, play
board games like Twister which my girls and my boy have a lot of fun with, make
puzzles, role-play, and make time to read each day.
your child. As you read to her, say
things like, “What do you think will happen next?” A child who talks about what
she is reading with her parent makes her understand better what she is
reading. As you child grows, try reading the same books
that she is reading. This explains why I
had to go through reading the Twilight saga (which I had to buy at Amazon in
2009 because of the infamous Philippines book blockade wherein there were no
books entering the country because Customs started taxing supposedly
non-taxable items) and Hunger Games,
plus juvenile series like Percy Jackson, The Kane Chronicles and The 39
Clues. Discuss characters, scenes and
settings-not in a way that makes her feel like she is being quizzed if she
really understood the book, but in a way
that says, “I found this fascinating, how about you?”