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10 Ways to Make Reading Fun for kids!

1. A Gold Star

Try some positive reinforcement to jump start the reading process. Make a list of books that you and your kids can read at the same time, and keep track of how far they’re getting. Whether it’s two pages or 200, any progress is progress worth noting.

2. Everybody Look Left, Everybody Look Right

Make sure that books are easily accessible within your home. If Dr. Seuss is closer than the TV remote, your children might just be encouraged to reach for something bigger than the remote.

3. Lead by Example

Do some reading of your own! If your kids see that you’re engulfed in your own good book, they’ll be quick to join you.

4. Lighten Up

Reading isn’t only about books. Just as you’d hunker down with your favorite magazine, encourage your kids to read everything they can, including comic books and jokes; even game directions will make a difference.

5. Time to Tune In

Your music shouldn’t be the only thing you’re listening to. Ask your kids to read aloud on a semi-regular basis. That way, you can track their progress and stay aware of any difficulties they might be having.

6. The Gift that Keeps on Giving

For special occasions, give your children books, instead of toys or candy, as gifts. Everything is more exciting dressed in wrapping paper and a bow.

7. Slow and Steady

All children learn to read at a different pace. Rather than asking your little ones to finish a certain number of pages, set aside a chunk of time during which they should read. If it’s a race to the finish, nobody wins.

8. A Little Goes a Long Way

Leave your kids’ book next to their bed. If you encourage them to read for a few minutes each night, they’ll be polishing off books in no time, and you should consider reading out loud to them, too. After all, what’s better than a bedtime story?

9. Those Summer Nights

Although your children may believe that summer is a break from learning, you know better. Reading regularly over the summer will ensure that your kids start school in the fall as better readers than they left in the spring. Despite what they argue, reading can be relaxing, too.

10. Up, Up, and Away

To kids of all ages, there’s nothing like a good adventure. Turn a trip to your library or local book store into an anticipated event, and you never know, the little stinkers might even beat you to the car.

But Most of All…

Kids will be kids. And that means that the more fun you make reading, the more fun they’ll have!

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