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1. Read to them. Begin as soon as they are born. Growing up with the assumption that books are a part of everyday life makes them more likely to see reading as just something people do.

2. Read in front of them. Set the example. When your children see that you read for pleasure they assume it is enjoyable and want to do it too.

3. Place books in the bathroom. There are times when a child is sitting and it gets rather boring in there. If books are their only source of entertainment, that is what they will reach for. Sometimes I put educational magazines, or books of quotes by famous people in there knowing they would never look at them otherwise.

4. Place Books in their Bedroom. Allow them to read before they go to bed, or if they wake up very early and can’t sleep. Having books that are theirs encourages them to treasure them.

5. Use books on tape in the car. This allows you to get used to discussing books as a family and introduces them to authors they might not have picked themselves.

6.Use the  Pizza Hut Book-It Program, or other rewards. Everyone needs incentive and rewards. Jewish teachers used to give honey treats to their students for learning scripture because there are rewards to knowing God’s Word in real life. Even if the child loves to read and would do it on their own, positive reinforcement never hurts, and a free pizza outing is fun! You do not have to wait for your group to enroll. The home school option allows families to sign up individually.

7. Do not micromanage their reading. Reading should be fun so let them choose what they read. There are obvious exceptions, but for the most part let them be. If you are concerned, read the book and discuss it with them. There is probably a reason they were drawn to the book, and it is typically better for them to understand why things are wrong rather than just be told ‘no’ and left clueless.

8. Read the books they read and discuss the books with them. In my house it is common for someone to say, ‘You should read this,’ and then, as you read, talk to you about the book. And of course there is always another sibling yelling, ‘Wait, don’t talk with me in the room, I haven’t read it yet!’ Kindle also lets you put books on up to six devices, so if you have the technology, multiple people can read books at the same time.

9. Buy comic books. Comic books, probably because there are lots of pictures, are less threatening and will be read at a younger age. Most comics however require inductive and deductive reasoning, as well as a knowledge of current events. They force children to ask questions and learn because they want to get the joke. There are also educational comic books. Chester Comix were some of my kids’ favorites.

10. Have books around the house. Many studies have shown that children who are successful in school come from homes that have bookshelves full of books. There are also success stories of poor women who cleaned houses noticing the rich people had books, doing something to encourage their children to read and the children becoming wildly successful. This is not always the case, but it does help.

11. Take the children to the library, used books store or anywhere they can get books for themselves. They should feel comfortable around books, and feel like these places are a second home. Most libraries and bookstores have scheduled activities for children. Make sure your children go. Many of the activities are for younger children but there are also parties for popular book releases that last until midnight that older children may enjoy. We have been to a few. While they are not always incredibly exciting, young teens typically prefer staying out past midnight to being home in bed. Caution: Children who do not sit still and listen well, especially if they pull books off the shelf may have a bad experience here. Adults will tell the child to behave if others cannot hear, or they may ruin the books. Teach your children these skills at home and then ease your child into these situations. Good behavior is also a key to a successful life, but know that some kids are tougher than others.

Photo by Matija Barrett

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Comments on: "11 Ways to Encourage Children to Read" (6)

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    • God is so good!!! Thank you for doing what you are doing! The Lord used your post today to confirm, yet again, that we are on the path He has plaennd for us.My husband decided two years ago that this school year would be our first to home school all the kids. Last year I only did our k5er, but during that year did my research on what we would be getting ourselves into. The three sources the Lord providentially brought accross our path were: The Well Trained Mind, Teaching the Trivium, and Robinson Curriculum dot com. He had already put in my heart the way homeschool for us, should work, then He used these works to help me put those ways into words!! I love how my Saviour leads me all the way! I really like The Well Trained Mind: however, Teaching the Trivium is more in tune with my convictions, therefore having a greater inpact on the methods of educating the children. Whereas the Robinson Curriculum is a bulk of the actual material we use. The Lord was clear about not doing one set packaged curriculum, but to glean from all that He had shown us.We have had a wonderful year together at home as a family PTL. I just found your blog last week and from reading through some of it have felt very much a likemindedness, so naturally I have been curious to find out more about what influenced your convictions on the How’s of homeschooling. The Lord is blessing my heart with how He works in us all individually, uniquely and yet the same.[] Reply:May 20th, 2010 at 1:25 pmWelcome Rachel. God is good and He does lead those who truly wish to follow Him.Thank you.[]

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