Today new technologies play significant role in human’s life. We cannot imagine our lives without the internet, computers, and smartphones. We send letters, communicate with people around the world, and search for information; but we are attracted by these gadgets so strongly that we do not feel that they affect our thinking negatively. In this post I will touch upon the approach that could substitute these problems, reading and tips elevating interest in reading to be exact.
It turned out that human’s interest in reading starts from their childhood. If parents do not start to read a book together with their children from their childhood and arouse concernment, it might become troublesome in later years. The school principal in England expresses her worries about the absence of understanding among parents that spending 10 minutes in reading is a window for education (Burns, 2013). She also suggests that reading together 6 days in a week means additional support for their children and it costs less than tutoring which parents pay for. According to the educational Centre research in London students who read books for pleasure frequently are more likely to be good at Math and foreign languages comparing to students who do not.
Parents are a model for their offspring indeed. A Number of research reported children’s attitude towards reading ameliorates when they see their parents reading. Thus, each parent should find time for reading a good book.
Suggestions for parents (Burns, 2013):
- Spend 10 minutes for reading with your children each day
- Select different books to introduce variety of language and style
- Read each other loudly in turns, because they will learn from your eloquent reading and you may check if they do not struggle.
- Ask questions regarding a book: what might happen next? What is the character’s motivation? etc.
- Make sure if they are learning new words and phrases.
- Indulge in reading; try to dive into a good story!
What are your ideas? Do you agree that parents are a trigger for children’s interest in reading?
Burns, J (2013 September 17). Keep reading with your children, parents urged. BBC News.