Reading is often something adults take for granted, as the learning process involved can quickly be forgotten as we develop. Many children initially find the task difficult, since the skill takes time, dedication and lots of practice. A quality amount of time spent reading is the fastest way for children to learn, yet so many young people find it uninspiring and a challenge to dedicate themselves to. Our following blog will cover a few tips which should, over time, increase your child’s interest in the activity, so that they can go on to prosper at this highly transferable skill which, once learnt, promotes development in literacy, language and vocabulary.

Allow Time for Reading

Setting a time each day that is dedicated to sitting down and reading a book will ensure your child makes great progress with the skill. By encouraging them, and giving them free time to relax and read something, the task will eventually become part of their daily routine. By enforcing this quiet time, it will limit the amount of resistance to the activity in the future and will hopefully develop into a part of their day that they look forward to. Either after school or before their bedtime is a great time for reading, as it can often be calming and provides time to wind down after a hectic day.

Regularly Read to Them

Although children hugely benefit from reading independently, it is also advised that parents frequently read to their children. When it is done with emphasis and in a captivating and interesting manner, it demonstrates to them that reading aloud can be made fun. This type of role play will also instil confidence within themselves to read aloud to others. As children go through school and later in life, enter the working world, there will often be occasions where they are required to read to others, by practising early on in life, their nervousness of the activity will be limited.

Integrate it Into Daily Life

Reading books is not the only occasion where you can encourage your child to read and the skill can be easily integrated into other aspects of your child’s life, sometimes, without them even realising. Encouraging them and asking them to read your post, any recipes you may be using, road signs and maps will, to younger children, feel like a fun activity, which also has the benefit of them feeling as though they are contributing and helping with your daily tasks.

Read Your Own Books Around Them

Role models play an integral part in a child’s development, and they can be hugely influential. If you demonstrate your own passion for reading, by enjoying the activity around them, they become aware that it is a popular and independent task.

Let Them Choose What They Would Like to Read

Storybooks are a great way for children to ignite their passion for reading, but, there are many other forms which are equally as good for their development of the skill. Comics, magazines, poems and papers, amongst other things, can be equally as captivating for young minds. If you find your child doesn’t seem interested in a fiction or factual book, try and provide them with other sources that may be of interest to them. Alternatively, if it is fictional books they seem to be absorbed by, try and encourage favourite authors and genres, as this allows them to explore the options available to them, rather than become stagnant in their interests and development.

Visit the Library Often

Libraries have a wealth of choice, and as children can develop and change their interests so quickly, a visit to your local library can be a budget-friendly way of developing their interest and skills in reading. Often, there is also a community of parents and children who regularly attend the events and workshops that are held there. From storytelling to guest authors and shows, the diversity of activities revolved around reading can often open the minds of young children and encourage a passion for the activity.

Listen to Audio-books

Although audio books don’t allow for direct practice of the skill, they do demonstrate that reading can be fun. Usually, the voices on audio-books present the text in an exciting and captivating way. As previously mentioned, this demonstrates to children that reading aloud can be fun.

Encourage Discussion

Discussing a book with your child, that you have recently read, or that they are reading, encourages critical evaluation of what they are or have digested whilst reading a book. This type of discussion promotes their critical thinking skills, and you will also gain an understanding of what they like or don’t like about a book or reading. It also confirms their understanding of the words, sentences and the story overall, which demonstrates to you how effective their skill is, what they’ve learnt and what information they have retained.

Discussion also gives you the opportunity to acknowledge their progress. If a child is struggling with a book, you can offer encouragement and help. Or, they may be reading the third book of a week, which demonstrates their dedication to the activity, which is of course, worth congratulating them on.


Here at St Peter’s independent preschool, Devon, we encourage reading from an early age and ensure it is an integral part of each pupil’s day. The value that we at St Peter’s place on reading is evidenced by the fact that this academic year we have created our Research and Learning Hub as well as the Hublet in our Pre-prep (Preschool, Reception and Nursery area) which have both been well stocked with books by our own Librarian, who joined our staff this year. We also appointed pupil librarians in September and all our children enjoy library lessons and the opportunity to chill out in our school libraries and enjoy reading a book of their choice. Added to which, all pupils at St Peter’s follow a bespoke reading journey.The development of the ability to read aids success in all aspects of a child’s schooling, which is why it is vitally important that the activity is also encouraged at home.

Published On: March 23rd, 2018 / Categories: News /