3 Simple Ways To Help Your Child's Reading + Kids Christmas Books

Some kids take to reading like a duck to water. They adore escaping into new worlds, love picturing stories using their imaginations, and will often have their head in a book rather than glued to a screen.

However, other children find reading more of a slog and don’t enjoy it. They find reading a chore and something that they have to do at school, so why on Earth would they read for pleasure at home? Reading is a fantastic way for kids to enhance their vocabulary, improve their writing, and learn about other cultures and people. If you are a little concerned about your little darling’s reading, take a look at these three simple ways to help them enjoy books a little more.

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Tap Into Their Loves

You may have an idea of what your child should be reading. However, if your child is reluctant to pick up a book, simply think about what they will want to read. Kids can be strange little creatures and have weird and wonderful passions. If your little cherub adores dinosaurs, get them a non-fiction text book on sauropods. If your child loves nothing more than catching up on the latest gossip, get them a magazine. And if your little one enjoys soccer, get them a biography on a footballer. By tapping into what they find fun, you can foster a love of reading. It doesn’t matter that they aren’t reading the standard texts for their age group, so long as they are engaging with some sort of text.

Writing

Reading and writing are massively interconnected. Those children who don’t like reading tend to struggle with their imaginations and generating their own ideas. By tapping into their writing skills and encouraging them to create new stories, you can help them fall in love with reading. Consider downloading some interesting and engaging writing worksheets.

You can find them here alongside story writing checklists. Often, children need a little prompting, so a set of instructions and a guide (which they need to read!) can help them to feel more confident. Writing enables your child to explore their ideas and communicate with a variety of different audiences.

Dyslexia

Children won’t be vocal about any issues that they may be having with reading. For those young people with dyslexia, they will completely disengage with any sort of reading. Their brains are wired a little differently, meaning that letters on the page can appear jumbled up, they may feel dizzy when looking at a body of text, and the sentences make no sense to them at all. Comprehension skills are poor and they can feel inadequate within their peer group. If you feel like something is wrong, talk to your child and try out some techniques to help their possible dyslexia. Colored overlay sheets can prevent letters from dancing on the page making it easier to read. Get your child a standard dyslexia test and then the school can also support your child through additional support and resources. 

Follow this simple guide and you can ensure that your child engages with their reading.

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