5 Ways to Get Kids Excited to Read
5 Ways to Get Kids Excited to Read
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

Teachers and parents alike often find that their students are uninterested in reading, or don’t take it as seriously as they should. Kids sometimes need a little push to get interested in reading, and with your help, they can become avid readers who look forward to getting new books for the rest of their lives. These little steps can really make a difference in how kids think about reading.

  • Let them read what interests them, even if it’s not the most educational or inspiring book. Sometimes kids want to read about silly adventures or talking animals, and allowing them to do so lets them engage with stories they are truly excited about reading. Making kids read what they don’t care about will lead them to view reading as a chore rather than something to look forward to.

  • Set aside time to read. Whether it’s the 30 minutes after lunch or in the car on the way to school, having a set time for reading establishes a constructive habit that kids consider part of their daily routine.

  • Show them that you like reading, too. Kids will be more likely to enjoy reading if they have a good example to follow. Adults have a large influence on how kids view tasks, so if the adults in their lives are taking time to read, kids might see more value in it. Reading together and discussing the stories can also help establish stronger relationships.

  • Make reading entertaining. For kids of any age, performing a story is a great way to get them engaged. Reading with funny voices or acting out what the characters are doing helps kids make connections between stories and real life, and shows them that reading doesn’t have to be boring or routine.

  • Set goals and rewards. Kids may be more motivated to read when there’s a specific goal to work toward. Whether it’s reading two books every month or finding the longest word in the book, tasks help students feel like they are accomplishing something. Offering incentives when they complete their goals can also encourage them to read, and be excited about it.

There are many ways to get kids interested in reading—these are just a few of them. For more information, tips, and tricks, check out the following sites.