Reading is beneficial to brain health, even to infants, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. When they show interest in books or other reading materials, young kids can develop valuable language and literacy skills.
These are on top of the knowledge they get from reading. Parents and teachers, alike, have huge roles to play in motivating kids to pick up books. But, when kids start to see reading as merely a task, it’s time for the grown-ups to be creative, especially in a school setting.
Make Reading Fun
Studentreasures Publishing says, “Learning works best if it doesn’t feel like work.” You can try to make a game out of reading. One way to do this is by acting the scenes out and involving your students as much as possible. Not only will this activity entertain them, but it will also help improve their imagination. Or, every so often, you can also listen to audiobooks. Audiobooks are equally interesting, as well.
Let Students Choose What to Read
Classic novels are good reads and many lessons can be learned from them. But, archaic text and layered storylines might not be ideal for students just starting to understand the world. Present many book options – from newspapers to children’s books – and let them choose. Young readers are more likely to read what interests them. It’s no matter if it’s a short poem. As long as it encourages reading, it’s a start.
Set Up a Book Club
Socializing around a book can be an effective way to make your students more interested in reading. It does not necessarily have to be an in-depth literary analysis (young students may still not be capable of that). Instead, you can ask them questions about what they think of books they are currently reading, their favorite scenes, and characters they can relate to.
A class book club can help enhance a young reader’s comprehension, social, and analytic skills.
Show Them How It’s Done
Kids tend to imitate older people. So as much as you can, be role model to them. Reading a book in front of them may influence your students to the same. Besides, you can’t give what you don’t have, right?
When possible, share your favorite books and the benefits you get from reading. Additionally, reading out loud to your students will help improve their attention span.
The best time to develop the skills of an avid reader is at a young age. Surround your students with different kinds of books and be a role model to them. When they start to love reading early on, who knows? You might be helping hone the skills of the next bestselling author in the making.