5 ways to get your child to read more

November 16, 2016
  • Read to them from an early age
    1 / 5 Read to them from an early age

    Before your child expresses his or her disinterest in books, try to read to your child starting at an early age. 

    Studies have shown that reading to kids from six months onwards can help them develop a better grasp of certain words.

    Related: 7 things you should know about reading to babies and toddlers



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  • Dramatise it
    2 / 5 Dramatise it

    When reading to your little ones, don’t be afraid to go all out Drama Queen.

    That extra dose of flamboyance keeps it entertaining for the kids by bringing the characters to life. Remember to reinforce the proper pronunciation of certain words as well as the intonation in sentences.

    Related: When your kid hates reading

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  • Shared reading
    3 / 5 Shared reading

    Try alternating between reading pages with your child.

    This helps to make sure that your child actively listens to the story. Choose texts that are engaging and prompt for further discussions. By taking turns, your child has ample opportunities to improve on their reading coherency and rate.

    Related: How to encourage your child to read

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  • Tit-for-tat
    4 / 5 Tit-for-tat

    Implement this strategy – 30 mins of reading equals 30 mins of video games.

    Children are more motivated to read when they are promised a prize at the end of the activity. Likewise, if your child read three books within a week, celebrate their achievement by getting them something special.

    Related: Reading in mother tongue: Why your child must do it and 8 tips to start

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  • Sign them up for a library membership
    5 / 5 Sign them up for a library membership

    Get your children a library card.

    You don’t have to spend money to instil good reading habits in children. Allow them the freedom to discover different types of texts. From comics and picture books to magazines and novels, there is a million reading options for the kids.

    There’s also Mobile Library, Molly. An initiative by the National Library Board, Molly has reading-related programmes and storytelling sessions for kids.

    Related: 5 ways to teach your child to love reading

    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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