How To Keep Your Child Motivated In Reading

How To Keep Your Child Motivated In Reading

Recently we enjoyed our annual Book Week where the children took part in the extreme reading competition, shopped at the Book Fair, dressed up as their favourite book characters and took part in a range of activities that all promoted reading. Many parents contacted me and said what a wonderful experience it was and how much they loved getting involved as a family. If you would like to keep your child motivated in their reading progress and love of books please find some helpful tips below:

Listen to your child read


When your child brings their reading book home from school, have them read to you every day. If they are finding the reading hard have them read it again. Or read it to them, and then have them try to read it themselves. Studies show that this kind of repeated oral reading makes children better readers.

Read with and to your child

Reading to children exposes them to rich vocabulary and can have positive impacts on their language, intelligence, and later literacy achievement. What should you read to them? There are so many wonderful children’s books. Visit your local library or look online, and you can get an armful of adventure.

Have them tell you a “story”

One great way to introduce children to literacy is to take their dictation. Have them recount an experience or make up a story. A typical first story may be something like, “I like fish. I like my sister. I like grandpa.” Write it as it is being told, and then read it aloud. Point at the words when you read them, or point at them when your child is trying to read the story.

Practise phonics (letter names and their sounds)

 At AIS we teach phonics, and parents can teach them, too. Follow the advice from your child’s class teach them on which sounds and words to focus on and make the time your child practices with you fun and rewarding. We recommend keeping the learning time short so that your child does not get too tired or frustrated.

Promote writing

Literacy involves reading and writing. Having books and magazines available for your child is a good idea, but it’s also helpful to have pencils, crayons, markers, and paper. Encourage your child to write.

Ask questions

When your child reads, ask them to retell the story or information. If it’s a story, ask who it was about and what happened. If it’s an informational text, have your child explain what it was about and how it worked, or what its parts were.

Make reading a regular activity in your home

Make reading a part of your daily life, and children will learn to love it. Set aside some time when everyone turns off the TV and the web and does nothing but read. The point is to make reading a regular enjoyable part of your family routine.

Happy reading!

Rachel Perkins – Primary and Kindergarten Principal