My child hates reading

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“My child hates reading, and she hides whenever it is time for us to read”. 

I hear you, but, do YOU like to read? Do you have books at home for your child to read? Does you child observe you reading books?  Do you encourage reading books at home?

If you answered ‘No’ to any of those questions, you have some work to do. In this blog post, I will help you.

If you have two minutes, I encourage you to go back to one of my earlier blog posts entitled, ‘Making Home More Learner-Friendly’, and there you will learn some no/low cost ways of setting up a reading corner at home.

You will notice that in framing the three questions I asked earlier, I emphasized ‘reading books’.

I am sure that you read books on your I-pads, kindles and computers. However, for a start, please introduce your young child to paper books. Then, allow him/her to transition to E-books.

Below are a few suggestions that are easily implementable.

  1. Enroll your child at the nearest public library.
  2. In Washington D.C. and Maryland, public libraries are fun places for young children. There are friendly staff and attractive reading spaces/corners. Parents and Nannies find these spaces inviting and have remarked that the children love these spaces. In Jamaica, the staff at public libraries arrange reading competitions and other fun-filled activities for young readers.
  3. Give children books as presents.
  4. Set up a reading corner at home, if you do not already have one.
  5. Be authentic; set a good example; and read with your children every day. Read! Read! Read!
  6. Encourage your children to read, by praising them and rewarding them whenever they deserve to be praised.

Talk soon……. Claire Spence

3 thoughts on “My child hates reading”

  1. Long ago during summer vacation time, my children and I went to the library every day.. and all three of us checked out the max number of books allowed.. with the long days of summer, we would sit on the porch in the afternoon sun and read every book (most were picture books, and each took about 15 minutes to read outloud.) I was the addict, but thankfully they were tolerant and allowed me to read to them – or at times they read to me. The next day we returned the books and checked out new ones!

    One son became an avid reader and the other detested reading; he would fall asleep when a ‘big’ book was in his hands.


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