If your child shows little interest in reading, there is hope. Sometimes the mother and father must be cunning, but you still can turn your child into a reader, even if he is reluctant about it.
1. The initial trick sleep.
One of my favorite ways to get my kids to read is something they hopefully will not know until they have children of their own. Two words "Early to bed".
You may wonder how the improvement of sleep can help your child to spend more time to read. Well, here is the trick. Set them to sleep for 45 minutes to an hour before they need their lights out.
Here is how we go to sleep routine. Children brushing teeth and using the bathroom. Then I read their stories. This is all done before their official bed. Then, I just gave them a choice. I said "it is time to sleep, now. Do you want the lights go out or you want to stay up and read for a while?"
Unless they are really tired, they would always choose to read some time. I do not need to beg or manipulate them into reading. In fact, they think it was their idea and they have grown to love their chance to 'end' sleep. Then, I retreated. I'm not trying to teach them in any way, or helping them choose books. This is their time. They can choose which books they like and see it however they like until I come kiss them goodnight and turn them lights out. Of course, if they want me to stay and listen to them read, I'm more than happy to comply. Give it a try. How it works.
2. The summer reading incentive.
You can sign up for the summer reading program in nearly every library in the country. If your local library does not have a summer reading program, then make one at home, in exchange for reading a book. You can use the board monopoly (or life) and allows your child to move one space for every book he read. Or if you want to have more fun, let him throw the dice every time he read a book and have gifts available for passing a specific point.
Make sure the gift is something that is very desirable. If your child values your time with more than a toy, then set a date together doing their favorite things. If the value of a particular toy, let him get. Or let him get a chance to get out of his routine tasks. Take him to his favorite restaurant. Just have fun with it and he will, too.
3. You can read the book before seeing the movie.
This is a standard in our house. We will not go see any movie until we have read the book. Is my husband and I read books to children or they read it themselves, each member of the family can go see the movie after reading the book. So, if your child is looking forward to seeing the movie Chronicles of Narnia the next, the next Harry Potter movie or next movie Lemony Snicker, they should read the book first.
That’s it. Three easy ways to turn your child into a reader for life.