'My child does not like to read, what can I do?', 'How can I get my children to read more?' How many times have I heard these complaints and concerns from dozens of parents whose children have not yet caught up with the wonders of reading. I would say that the key for children to read is to apply the strategies to motivate reading appropriate to the age of your children (and, of course, also his skills). And we cannot pretend that a 6-year-old child has the same knowledge, tastes and abilities as a 16-year-old.
It happens sometimes that I want to start training. Obviously, I want to lose a few extra kilos. And it happens that for the emotion of the moment I go beyond the allowed limit and I suffer the consequences the day after. Pain in my feet and legs, my arms cannot move and a host of other discomforts. This happens because it occurs to me to start sports without regulating myself and not being attentive to my real physical condition. I mistakenly think that I can reach a professional level when I am not even capable of lifting anything minimal.
This is so normal in our daily lives within sports, but it also happens in education. The difference is that we do not think that we should actually carry out an exercise to measure our capacities. A true development or formative process occurs when I am able to notice at what level I am and how can I - based on those capacities - exercise to achieve goals that are in accordance with my own nature.
Let's take an example. He thinks I want to be someone who is good at calculus, but I have zero knowledge of algebra. The normal thing would be to go through first an introduction of what is more basic and move forward according to my own growth. Therefore, it is healthy to see how one can practice some skills taking into account the age of the child.
That is the goal of this post. Focus on how I can work on a skill, in this case reading, but taking into account the age of the child. The idea is precisely to go up in level at the moment that I manage to identify that it is solid in the previous phase. As a specific topic, we are going to focus on reading, a basic skill for those students who want to reinforce their attitudes.
Let's see, then, some tips so that children always read taking into account their age and their abilities at all times. We analyze the different stages of children's learning.
Tips for 6 and 7 year olds
Children ages six to seven can follow these tips:
- Let them decide what to read.
- Read with the children, because they will feel identified with you and you will set a good example for them.
- Make reading a game. This means that we do not make reading something too orderly, but it may be a good idea to invite children to read in different positions, in different places in the house, etc.
- Encourage the child to create your own stories after your reading. This game not only encourages creativity, but also the ability to develop stories.
- Download applications on the tablet or mobile that encourage reading on their devices.
Tips to follow with children from 8 to 10 years
Children ages eight to ten, meanwhile, may have the following strategies:
- Find interesting stories or novels for them. That is why it is important to ask them what the hot topics are and what they talk about with their friends.
- Separate personal and school reading. That means, from now on, creating a personal space and a study space.
- Promote a personal library. What's more, a good idea is to give it that personal touch.
- Add comics or comics within your normal reading.
Helpful Strategies with 10-12 Year Olds
Another stage to consider: children from ten to twelve years old:
- We must encourage reading moments in daily life.
- Not only encourage them to read, but we can ask them to tell us a summary of their reading.
- Not just request a summary of an idea, but also motivate your opinion on the story.
And how to help adolescents?
Teens are another challenge. Let's look at these strategies:
- Focus on the books that they like.
- Movies based on books help as it allows them to find a story they already know and like. It's a good idea to push them review the same original works your favorite movies are based on.
- Strengthen habits. That means having a schedule and a record in its purposes.
- Encourage her to read aloud. We can even encourage them to read in public, if possible.
- Take another step and motivate reading thought about your vocation. It also allows union and self-knowledge.
There are many tools as we can see, but the key is to apply them precisely according to the stage in which the child is. Hopefully this same need does not push us to rush processes and move them forward. Remember that the real formation It is the one in which one really feels a proper joy in life.
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