With all of our modern devices it can be difficult to get your children interested in reading. Many young kids think that reading only involves a text message, the prompt on video games, and perhaps a comic book. So it can be difficult to get them interested in reading a real book, especially when so many books are bring made into movies. Why read Harry Potter when you can just go see the movie in 3D? But reading is an important part of existing in the real world. You need to read to understand anything in school, and by making reading fun your kids are more interested and willing to learn.
Reading is truly a fun and enjoyable experience when approached with a fun attitude. Children are always looking to be entertained. Whether they are playing a game or watching a movie or show they are looking for some excitement, so why not find them something that will keep them entertained. Books for kids can be the most exciting things for a family to read together. Adventure books can keep a kid entertained for hours. Kids will love reading about events that happen in far away places, they will love following along with the great adventures of a character like the Pevensies in The Chronicles of Narnia. Let them experience the imaginary world of Narnia through the eyes of the kings and queens. Read the story together as a family, you can see the ways in which the four siblings learn about courage, family, and responsibilities. You will love the lessons the book teaches them, and they will love the sword fights, the talking lion, and the fact that four young children are rulers of their own country.
Turn the book into a live action activity not just a boring word-for-word reading. Let the characters personalities flow through you as you read together. Take on a different accent for each character. Young Lucy may have a more squeaky voice accommodating her youth, whereas Susan will have a more mature tone and may not be as playful as her younger sister. Peter the eldest is not only their older brother he is the protector, the leader, and the high king. Although he feels he is in charge of his younger siblings he too is a young boy and must work through his feelings of inadequacy, fear, and bravado. When he talks he may have a cocky tone in his voice, allow your children to experience the book in full by letting them test their skills as actors while they read.
Reading is an adventure and can be a great learning tool, but do not be afraid to let your children read things that are purely created for entertainments sake. Just because it looks like a book made only for entertainment it will help them with their reading skills and they will soon find themselves learning more and more in every subject.
Come back next week to see more ways to get your kids interested in reading…