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how to make children read?

I often visit Russian community about books for children and there is some question like how to make children read? so what you think about it? did you like to read when you were child?
Nobody told me to read books when I was a kid. I didn't really like watching TV so started reading on my own. The first big book I read was JRR Tolkien's famous trilogy. Then I naturally read lots of fantasy and science-fiction with minor exception along the way.

How to make children read? I guess there's no uniform answer to that. The best solution i can think of is to encourage them. The earlier the better.

Interesting topic. I wander if there are some teaching methodologist who have some more knowledge about it.
When I was younger, during the summer when school was out, our public library had a summer reading program. Where the kids had to read books that they checked out and I think you had to write a short summary. Depending on age group that is. When you read a certain amount of books, you would receive prizes. The more books you read, were like advancing in levels. The more books you read, the better the prizes were going to be. Such as if you read a 20 books, you would receive a small personal pizza from Pizza Hut.

So that summer program helped me appreciate reading as well. The prizes were just incentives Wink
I read when I was a child. The only trick is to give your kids exciting books, and they will soon discover the "magic" of reading..
I read a lot and still do, I'd give them a choice of books to read, don't just hand them something you thought they'd like and tell them to read it, take them to the library and let them find something.
I think the trick is to find a type of literature that the child enjoys to read. With the many different types of genres out there, I would explore different types before deciding that the child is difficult or hates reading.

Another issue I notice is that children are frustrated due to the learning curve of reading. They might not be at a reading level high enough in order to enjoy the types of books they like.

For this I would suggest reading to the children. This way, they can understand how awesome it is and aspire to read like that themselves. For the reader, I suggest using different inflections and character voices to try to make the book "come to life", as it it easy for the children to be distracted by a more forthcoming medium such as television.

However in the end, some will be drawn to reading, and others will not. My sister and I were raised in the same household, we were both read to, and yet I enjoy reading very much, and she does not. I think in the end it boils down to a personal preference, which one must respect when dealing with children.
Well... it depends of the child... When I was very young, I didn't like reading at all! Then, when I was about 12-13, I started reading. What made me change my mind? I found a PURPOSE in reading. Whether it's an enjoyable book for your kid or something else (for instance, he entered a group of kids that like to read and discuss about books and he feels bad, so he starts reading) or maybe he just wants to feel "important", you just have to fing out what motivates him and apply it in reading.
I have always loved reading, since childhood. To get children to read, it's important to give them books that appeal to their interests. I have a little cousin, for instance, who won't read anything but books about or science. He reads science fiction and nonfiction, but anything else...and he doesn't really get into it. I think, though, that as he grows up he will eventually broaden his range of literary material, but it's a start.
I think the best way would simply be to find something that interests them. I didn't start reading until I found Harry Potter.
When i was younger my parents made me read 30mins to 1hr before i could get on the computer, after a week or two i guess i just kept on reading by myself, now when i get a book i read it all the way through before putting it down (with the exeption of sleeping, eating, ect Very Happy)
I'm not a professional but I can say that many younger children seem to enjoy books that are lyrical and have rythym. Sandra Boynton and Eric Carle are both favorite authors in our house.

For younger kids, I would spend family time reading to them/with them at night. Say, "you can go to bed now, or we can read for a while first." Most kids will choose the second option, whether they're interested in reading or not. It's a good way to end every day, and get them engaged in reading outside of school.
TurtleShell wrote:
Say, "you can go to bed now, or we can read for a while first." Most kids will choose the second option, whether they're interested in reading or not. It's a good way to end every day, and get them engaged in reading outside of school.

that actually seems like a good idea!
missdixy wrote:
TurtleShell wrote:
Say, "you can go to bed now, or we can read for a while first." Most kids will choose the second option, whether they're interested in reading or not. It's a good way to end every day, and get them engaged in reading outside of school.

that actually seems like a good idea!

It works pretty well, in my experience!
oleszka wrote:
I often visit Russian community about books for children and there is some question like how to make children read?

The answer? You don't. The minute you start trying to make kids do anything, you've pretty much lost. I've found that more children will end up enjoying reading if left to their own devices.
In general don't leave children older than 12 to their own devices... They won't read. Children under that age have a tendency to be a little more willing to learn, if you put them in a good environment... Not really sure what specifically to do. It's a hard question.

In 3rd grade my teacher had a competition: every 100 pages you read in some month you get a scoop of ice cream. I ended up reading around 4,000 pages in the month. I was reading constantly Smile
I've read a lot ever since I was little. I can't really remember ever not liking reading, even when I was just beginning to learn. But I do think it helped that my parents read to me when I was young and started teaching me to read and write when I was very small still (I knew the alphabet by age 2). My mother also took me to the library often and encouraged me to get as many books as I wanted, and let me pick them all myself. I think that helped me find genres I like but stay open minded about others as well, as now I read primarily fantasy and science fiction (probably due to my vivid imagination and love of the fantastic), but I'll delve into nonfiction on a variety of subjects just as easily and sometimes pick up a mystery book just for the heck of it.

I liked it because my mom never said, "That book is too old for you" or that a longer book was too difficult for me (she would say that it might be too difficult, but she always let me get it anyway), and she certainly never made me read anything. There was also never the sort of thing I saw with other girls - where they were led to read certain types of "girl books". My parents let me read science fiction and fantasy stories when the other girls were reading about good little "American Girls" and "Little House on the Prairie." I read a few of those books because it was expected, but I was much happier with the "Diadem" series and especially reading "The Hero and the Crown" and Tolkien's books, and other books of that sort, and my parents never said a word about it being weird (even though most everyone probably thought it was). I was reading what I wanted to read, from the time I could read a full page on my own, and that was that.

But it's hard to say really what my parents did or didn't do that helped me get into reading the way I did, and to stay into it even when it wasn't cool to have a large vocabulary or to spend a lot of time lost in a novel (or, worse, to read a lengthy nonfiction book!). I don't know what it was, but I'm glad for it.
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My parents dispaired of me as a child, because I read nothing but horse books and school stories until I was about 11. I turned out fine.

I don't think it matters what children read - comics, trash, cereal boxes - as long as they're absorbing the grammar, that's the important thing. I think that learning to write coherent sentences is like learning to speak, and in the same way that we absorb language aurally, I'm pretty sure we can absorb sentence structure from repeated exposure.
How to make children read, by giving them something they are interested in.
When I were a kid I liked to read mystery books, dark books and historical ones. My younger sister doesn’t read school books either, but she did actually read one book a while ago and finished it using half of the time the others used, WOW I always think. But she read it because it were about kids and problems in a city she likes to visit. My younger sisters reads more comics. My older sister likes more adventure books, don't think she will ever read crime or anything that is dark.
My mother on the other hand never reads anything and I don't think she read books when she were a girl either.

And maybe it helps if the parents read for their children in the beginning to.
I think a love of books and reading is "felt" first. If parents love to read, it comes through during "storytime."

My brother hates to read; his wife loves it. I think the way we were taught to read ... reading outloud in class, and suffering ridicule if we were not as good a reader as others ... has a lot to do with it.

Now, I watch him reading to his kids before bed and it is obvious to me that he considers it something he "should" do, not something he enjoys. My sister-in-law infuses her story-reading with her own passion. She makes the story exciting to her kids.

Who knows how this will go but I can't imagine that our earliest experiences learning to read and with our parents reading to us don't shape whether or not we find the magic in reading and in books, or whether we only do it because we "have" to.
I think it's all about encouragement. My parents read for me from the beginning, and read Lotr at the age of 9, and i have loved reading ever since.
i bealive its all about there interests personally in not a big reader but i have found some good books i could never stop reading. because i was so interested what we going to happen next. so in my opinion children must have books that interest then and are exciting to read.
I think to get a child to read is pretty easy, its when they grow up, to become teenagers that they loose interest in reading. So the question really is how to get teens to read more?
Kids like to copy. You need to set an example.

If you want your kids to read you'll never force them, but they will take an interest if you are seen to be doing it and enjoying it. Leave plenty of tempting stuff around for them to pick up and always be prepared to help them out if they're stuck with something that's a little beyond their abilities.

If they're really young and just starting out you could start by reading them stories then persuading them that it's their turn to 'read you a story'. Picture books are a good start. Talk about the things in the pictures and relate them to the words on the pages. Make it fun and take it from there.
When I was in elementary school, my bedtime was 9 oclock, but my parents would allow one exception. If I was in bed reading at 9 oclock, they would let me stay up a half hour later. Well, naturally, staying up past my bedtime was a passionate pursuit in my younger days, and I took to reading the half hour to stay up to the shockingly late hour of nine-thirty. I think I read today largely because my parents always had me read before going to sleep at night. There's something inherently different about saying "read before bed every night" and, "read, it's good for you." Maybe you all don't find the same difference that I do, but I think it was more effective than having my parents just "encourage" me to read.
I am still what i think is a kid (14) and i can pretty much pinpoint when i started to read and why. I simply read because i was actually good at it and did so to kinda brag, like i can read this book this fast. But as i grew up i became more intrested in the morals or philosiphy of the story so that's what makes me read now and i read a lot.
I love to read when I was a child. I'm not sure how to pass that kind of thing on, other than constant and early exposure, but you know. There are great experiences and a way of life to be had there.
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