Okay, okay… I’ll be the first to admit that your child isn’t going to make a lot of money immediately by learning to read. I did get you to read this far, though, right? And, later on in your child’s life, it will prove invaluable: a huge amount of business and workplace communications are
conducted through text, whether email, phone texting, or any of the other varied methods of communicating with co-workers. Therefore, being able to read with good comprehension and being able to communicate well in writing are indeed skills which will make your child more successful at work as an adult.
But we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves, aren’t we? You certainly won’t have to wait for your child to be an adult before you see benefits: children who read for fun are better at vocabulary, spelling and math. This link between reading and scholastic success is even stronger than having parents with a graduate-level degree, so you can give your son or daughter an edge regardless of your own level of education.
We’ve established that you want your child to want to read, but how can you ensure that they want the same thing? You can start by taking advantage of their natural tendency to mimic—let them see you reading and enjoying yourself. Make it look like fun, rather than a chore.
Then, show your child what’s in it for them. Read to them frequently, paying special attention to their interests and hunting down more books and stories that will appeal to them. Buy them comic books and play games with written instructions. Encourage them to read packaging to help you pick out groceries at the store, or road signs to tell you when you’re near your home. Opportunities to practice reading are everywhere, and the process of teaching it to them can be a lot of fun for you both!