The magic of reading: how to boost the love of reading

Reading to our children, encouraging them to read in their free time or at home is a great step for boost the love of reading and develop the benefits of magic of reading. Children 7-9 years with a well-developed base of reading skills They often become good readers and increase their success with this skill in years to come.

On the contrary, 74% of the children in the 7-9 age group experience significant difficulties with the reading They continue to suffer difficulties at the age of 14. One of the problems with reading difficulties is that they are usually accompanied by a low level of confidence in these skills and this in turn influences a negative attitude towards reading.


How to boost the love of reading in children

A study conducted in 2012 concluded that reinforcing the habit of reading children with prizes by pages or books read promotes the intrinsic taste for books. Motivate children to read, for example, offering points for every hundred pages read or books read to accumulate a number of points where "x" number of points can be exchanged for a prize such as a pizza, an amount of money, an activity nice with one of the parents, etc.

This study showed that compensating the reading ability With prizes it does not affect the development of an internal love for reading, but on the contrary, this external compensation helps children discover passions they did not know they had and promotes the development of a intrinsic love for reading. The reading passion developed in childhood maintained once reached adulthood.


The participation of parents in the love of reading

Several studies have documented the significant role of parental involvement in experiences with reading Y success reader of their children. Most parents share a lot of time with their young children and for obvious reasons, they are a major influence on early literary development. As a result of this, children are exposed to reading informally through the approach and literary foundations of their parents. Early exposure and participation in literary activities between parents and children are the most important elements in the development and literary education of children.

It can be very helpful to know what our children's literary preferences are to know what books to keep at home or to recommend. As a generic guide established according to the psychological characteristics, from 5 to 8 years old children prefer books of fantastic stories, children from 8 to 11 years prefer realistic storybooks and in the stage of 11 to 14 years there is a preference to grow reading adventure stories.


Maite Balda Aspiazu. Psychologist and Master in Cognitive Neurosciences

More information in the book:
How to make children readers. Carmen lomas Pastor. Ed. Word.

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