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12/02/2014
The holiday season offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and family bonding time, but it’s also a great chance for you to introduce your child to the joys of reading. Follow these tips, courtesy of The Tutoring Center of Johns Creek, to help your child form reading habits that will last a lifetime.

Practice what you preach

Seeing you enjoy a book is likely to lead your child to doing the same, as children are inclined to mimic the behaviour of their parents, whether consciously or not. This also dodges your child being able to say ‘why should I read if you never do?’

Join in

If you have a younger child, reading aloud to them can be a great way to introduce them to reading, and it also provides opportunities for bonding time. If your child is a little old to be read to, ask them to read to you! Asking your child a lot of questions about their favorite characters, scenes and stories is a good way to keep their interest.

Provide books and a reading space

Your child can’t read without books, so make sure there are books that suit their interests in reachable places within your home. Creating a reading space can provide them with their own safe haven that they can retreat to, and if you allow them to decorate it themselves and stock it with their own books they’ll want to spend a lot of time there!

Praise and reward effort

Positive reinforcement is a great way to help foster good behaviour and create habits. If your child doesn’t take naturally to reading, it’s extra important that you praise their effort so as to solidify this behaviour. An occasional reward can do wonders for your child’s motivation, too. Rewards needn’t be material; you could reward a lot of effort with an education trip to a museum or zoo.

Give books as gifts

Christmas is approaching, and giving your child books as gifts can help form special attachments to books as objects and, by proxy, reading as a habit. It’s all about trying to make reading as positive a proposition as possible!

If your child has difficulty staying focused on reading or any other activity, try some of the tips we gave in this previous post.

It may be the case that your child struggles with reading. Hiring a tutor can help them overcome difficulty in this or any other academic area, so don’t hesitate to contact The Tutoring Center at (770) 927-4577 to organize tutoring in Johns Creek.

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