Reading is an extremely beneficial habit to cultivate from young, with multiple benefits like building a better English foundation, develop creativity and imagination, strengthening patience and attention span, and more.
However, not all children are naturally drawn to books. Some need more nudging and enouragement that others. Coupled with the many distractions from television, internet and mobile apps, it can be quite challenging to foster the right conditions to develop this habit in preschoolers and young children.
There are some simple steps that we encourage parents to try out:
#1 – Avoid/Control the time spent on passive screen time
The key here is
#2 – Set up moments for reading
Moments for reading can be anything like:
#3 – Read in front of your childAnything - newspapers, magazine, Kindle. Leading by example is one of the best ways to influence your child to do something similar. If possible, encourage a read-together night. You could sit your child down and read them books, or, if they're old enough, both you and your child can be reading your own books together. Either way, this shared time can help in building bonds with your child!
#4 – Hold story-telling or sharing sessions
After completing a book, parents can encourage their child to recount the stories and share their thoughts. This can strengthen the knowledge gained from books in child’s mind as they tell the stories. Moreover, they can learn to be more confident in speaking.
The benefits of reading are truly numerous especially for the young. With your support, we hope they can embrace reading as a life-long passion!