In a world that is slowly but surely turning away from books in favour of television and computers, the importance of developing a passion for reading cannot be ignored.
Interest in reading should be established when the child is relatively young. What can be done to help encourage this interest?
Enrol your child in a structured reading class:
There are many well structured after school reading classes that aim to fuel childrens interest in books. For young children, these classes can be entertaining with animated characters and pictures. Illustrated picture books, rhymes, music and fictional stories can be stimiulating for a child. creativity can be used to capture the child’s imagination.
Fuel your child’s interest:
If your child has a favorite character i.e. Sponge Bob Square Pants, pick a series of books that features this character.
Build a home-library:
It is important to also encourge this past-time at home. Collect books that you think your child will like, so there is always a selection of engaging reading materials at their fingertips.