7 Ways to Make Reading Fun!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss


Jumping into a good book is like taking your mind on an amazing expedition. Through
reading and writing, anything is possible. Creating worlds with talking animals, alternate universes, aliens and more!

Unfortunately, not everyone has a natural taste for reading. Depending on a child’s learning style, reading and writing may feel more like a chore. As a parent, it is your job to convince them reading is fun! This may be difficult, but there are many ways to encourage a child to love reading.

How can we ignite a child’s passion for reading?


Read the Right Book


Choose or let your child pick a book that they can relate too. If they play sports, love camping or dancing, for example, find a book that encompasses those topics.
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Books are more enjoyable to read when you’re interested in the topic and want to know more.

Choose a book that is on your child’s reading level. Sometimes reading can be overwhelming when you don’t understand the words or is too long for them. A simple way to tell if a book is on your child’s reading level is by using the five finger rule. Read the first page, and have your child hold up a finger for every word they don’t know. If they don’t understand five or more words, they may not be ready to read that book yet. That is okay! Everyone learns at his or her own pace and overbook they read improves their reading level!

Read a variety of material – stories, poems, information books, newspaper articles and comics for your child. Show them all the forms literature comes in. Maybe they would prefer to read short stories and poems instead of chapter books?

 

Create a Reading Space

Finding a quiet place to sit down and read a book is a great start a habit of settling down and focusing on reading. Create a calm and inviting environment where your child feels completely comfortable spending time with their favourite characters, and getting lost in a beautiful story. This should be a place where their imagination can run wild.

Lead by example! Make time for yourself to read a book as well. Go to your reading place and read your books silently together. This is also a great way for family bonding time.

My little bookcase has a wonderful list of reading space ideas here.

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Bring the Book to Life 

Try and plan ahead if the book is spooky and Halloween related, dress up in costume and read it by flashlight. If it about going to the beach, read it at the beach! By doing this, you’re bringing another element to the story. Visual and kinesthetic learners really connect when they feel physically involved.

Three vintage witches perform magic ritualWhen reading a story with dialogue change voices or share the reading by assigning a character to each reader.

Ask questions about what they are reading! How do they feel about the characters? What do you think will happen next? Can they relate to the characters? As your child becomes more familiar with books and reading, ask questions about the structure. Who is the protagonist? When you ask questions and discuss what they are reading it makes them think and question what they just read helping their reading comprehension.

Many books now have apps and videos you can watch and play along with. For an introduction to book and reading, W5Go’s app on books and reading explains the many kinds of books and reading material available and when we use each one.


Library Dates

Set a day once or twice a month where you go to the library to discover a new book. Make a date of it, grab a hot cocoa and settle in for some family bonding time! Also, many libraries offer programs for kids or reading clubs your child can join!270249

Bringing a child to a library promotes being social and creates a sense of community. They can see a world of different books, and meet new people that also enjoy reading. The library community helps a child feel more comfortable with talking about what they are reading, their thoughts and feelings about a book. Joining book clubs is a great way for children to discuss and learn about how everyone views things differently. We learn more by discussing and talking about what we’ve seen or read.

 

Make it A Challenge 

Some children are really motivated by challenges and find it really fun to complete a task. So make a game out of it! How many books can they read over the summer?

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Make a chart counting the books they’ve read. According to SMART goals, people are more likely to achieve a goal, such as finishing a book, if they can physically see and track their progress. You can start off small such as a chapter every two weeks. By making it a challenge, a child can practice planning and setting goals to achieve them. It instills a habit of making time to read and set aside time to accomplish a goal.

Often libraries will release summer book series challenges, and there are plenty online to choose from. My KidsTime has a great list of summer books and challenges for kids here.

Be Creative!

While reading the book take time to draw, paint, act or model scenes they’ve read. This helps children comprehend what they have read, and be able to retell the story to others. Use voices while reading aloud to make the book more interesting. Have your child create a voice and read along pretending to be the character.
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Try and find books that have movie adaptions or plays made about them. Read the book and reward it with a trip to the theatre and watch the show together. Make a family date of it, grab a treat after and discuss how the show compared to the book. 

Come together with fellow parents and create a book club with your children. When they finish a book together throw a themed party for the kids to talk about the story. If they have a birthday coming up have it themed around their favourite book. Have fun with it! Make costumes or crafts, bake food mentioned in the stories.

Break the Rules!

Some rules are meant to be broken. Allow them to stay up a bit later to finish that chapter in a book. Read to them even if they can read on their own. Hearing others read helps with pronunciation. Let them move around while you read. For kinesthetic learners, this may help them listen and understand what the story is about. 

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Reading yields so many benefits for a growing mind, encouraging a child to read is like giving them the keys to the city. So go ahead give them the key and open the doors to possibilities! 

Books and Reading

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Look! Listen & Learn!

What is the best way to learn? By looking and listening to the world around you! This fun educational song focuses on the importance of keeping an open mind and looking at the big picture! Look around in all seven directions, see the world from different perspectives to really understand the big picture.

Talk to others and engage in discussions, everyone views things differently! That doesn’t mean that your wrong or they’re wrong, every observation is slightly different and we can learn from all views!

 

The song makes reference to two short stories about how only seeing one point of view makes you miss the big picture and the dangers of being ignorant. An old parable from India The Blind men and the Elephant and an ancient fable from China The Frog of The Well (stories below) feature characters that only have one point of view and refuse to believe or listen to others.

          “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t” – Bill Nye 

We believe this is a very important lesson to teach a child because so often as adults we miss the big picture and assume our views are always right. We need to have an open mind, hear others perspectives, learn to be present in order to see the big picture!


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Look! To the right! To the left! Look to the front! Look to the back!  

Look up! Look down! and look inward!  In all 7 directions.

And then listen and you will learn.

About your situation and about yourself!

And you’ll become smart! And you’ll become wise!

In time, you will be able to hear what you see, and see what you hear.

Blind people can’t see but they can look all around them,

And then listen and learn!

It’s very important to see the whole scene,

The big picture!

You can get it very wrong if all you see is a small part.

Like the frog sitting at the bottom of a dry well looking up to the sky. 

Like the blind man feeling the limb of an elephant.  

Is it a tree

Or stroking the tail of the elephant.  

Is it a broom?

Look! Listen! And Learn!

And you’ll become smart! And you’ll become wise!

Thank Goodness

We can Look, Listen and Learn! Even when we may not be able to see.


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Once a turtle lost its way in the ocean and found himself in a tiny well.

Inside the well, the turtle found a frog and they started talking.

The turtle asked, “Have you ever seen an ocean? Do you know how big it is?”

The frog said, “No. How big is it?”

“It’s very, very big”, the turtle replied.

The frog stretches its arms wide and asks, “This big?”

“No, bigger than this.”

The frog stretches its arms wider and asks, “This big?”

“No no, a lot bigger than this”

“Then it must be from there,” the frog said while pointing to one wall of the well, “to there”, pointing to the opposite wall. “After all, this is how big the world is.”

The turtle said, “No, the ocean is a lot bigger than this.”

“You’re lying. How can anything be bigger than this? This is the whole world after all.”

Neither the turtle nor frog is lying. It’s just that the frog is too narrow-minded to believe that there may be a bigger picture than what he sees and thinks.

The Frog of the Well ~ Zhuāng Zǐ


 

The Blind Men and the Elephant ~ John Godfrey Saxe

 It was six men of Indostan
                                        To learning much inclined,                                        
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant, 
And happening to fall

Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me!—but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried: “Ho!—what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ‘t is mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:

“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake!”

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he;
“‘T is clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

MORAL.

So, oft in theologic wars
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!