The love of reading is an important condition for intellectual development. With the help of reading one can exercise their imagination, form the ability to write and speak correctly.
Since modern children don’t like reading at all, parents have to encourage their children by hook or by crook. Take this test to find out whether you do enough to motivate your kids to read!
1. How often do you read paper books?
A) When I have time to read alone
B) I read ebooks quite often. I don’t like paper books
C) I read 1-2 books a year or don’t read at all
D) Always when I have the opportunity
The best answer is G. The drive for reading usually occurs in families where adults enjoy books. Since children copy the behavior of their parents, give them a proper example to follow. Try to read paper books, so the child can understand that you are reading, not just surfing the web.
2. Do you watch film adaptations with your child?
A) Of course! And if the child likes the movie, I suggest reading a book
B) Never thought about it. We watch whatever is on
B) Yes, but I don’t suggest reading a book. What for? The plot is already spoiled.
Preferred answer – A. Film adaptations help to raise kids interest. It would be great to suggest reading the continuation of the story If they liked the movie.
3. Your child doesn’t want to read. What do you usually do?
A) Make them read at least 10 pages a day.
B) I don’t do anything. I hope that the kid will eventually pick it up on their own
C) I try to encourage my child. I tell them about exciting plots and offer to go to the bookstore together
D) I don’t insist on reading, though I often make book recommendations.
The best option is C. If you want to instill a love of reading, try to engage the child. Retell exciting stories, talk about the benefits of reading. It is necessary to explain to the child that books are fun. But don’t force them to read! Otherwise, you risk to discourage your kid forever!
4. Your child asks to buy a book. However, the book is too advanced for them. What is your reaction?
A) I’ll buy it and read it aloud
B) Of course I’ll buy it! We’ll read the book together
C) I promise to buy it in a year
You are on the right track if your answer is B! Support your kid’s wish to read any book. Even if it’s difficult. Just start reading it together. Don’t forget to explain difficult words, the motivation of the characters, and plot twists. Be sure to discuss together what you read!
5. Your child asks you to buy a book. However, the book is too easy. What are you going to do?
A) I’ll buy it, even if it’s a comic book or an entertainment magazine
B) The book should provide kids with knowledge! I wouldn’t waste my money
C) I won’t buy it, but I’ll try to explain that the book is not age-appropriate for them.
Allow your child to read whatever they want. Even if you think the book is not educational enough. Each book gives something useful to a reader. Comic books, for instance, are great at helping to cultivate interest in books. Be careful with the form, as many children prefer short stories and are simply not ready for the large volume of text.
The best answer would be A.
6. How often do you read aloud to your kids?
A) Whenever a child asks
B) Once a week / several times a month
C) Every day before going to sleep
The optimal answer is C.
Many parents make the mistake of not reading to the child before bed. Even if your kid can read, don’t deprive each other of pleasant moments together. Diving into amazing story is a great way to keep in touch with a child. What is more, daily reading before bed will help to turn the book into a friend for your child.
7. Do you have paper books in sight in your house?
A) Yes, we even have a special reading corner
B) Yes, there is a bookcase in the house
C) I don’t see any sense in keeping paper books at home nowadays
The best decision is option A.
Surround your child with as many books as possible. The child should understand that books have a special value. It’ll be great if you get a special comfortable reading corner and create a cozy environment.
8. Do you limit screen time?
A) I don’t. It’s hard for me to ban a gadget
B) I’m trying, but it doesn’t always work for me
C) Yes, I even came up with a special schedule.
The best answer is C.
It goes without saying that you need to limit screen time. Digital content is too easy to digest and doesn’t offer necessary stimulation for a developing mind. It’s necessary to limit access to gadgets in order for your kids to have enough time to find out how to enjoy reading and perceive books as entertainment. In fact, to have a schedule is a good idea. If you find it difficult to control children and monitor how they follow the schedule, try Nicola app. This is a parental control tool that limits screen time and motivates children to read more.
9. What do you usually do if a child asks to spend time together at home?
A) I suggest watching cartoons together
B) I suggest reading a little and then playing
C) I don’t react. I always have a lot of things to do
You do the right thing if you choose option B. Try to combine games and reading. Say, first read a story, and then come up with a game based on it. This way, reading will be associated with joy and fun.
10. Do you talk to your child about books?
A) No, what’s there to talk about?
B) Of course! I ask questions and explain confusing parts
C) Only when the child asks
Answer B is a great decision. Try to talk to your child about books as much as possible. Ask questions, explain difficulties, arrange a family discussion!
11. How do you promote books to your child?
A) By turning reading into a game
B) By emphasizing that reading is useful for mental development
C) By focusing your child’s attention on the fact that books are fascinating
If A is your option, congratulations, you are on the right way! Arguments about the benefits of reading don’t work! You can encourage a child only by turning everything into a funny game!
Don’t tell your kids that reading will positively affect their future. This information is too abstract for them. Reading should give joy here and now. In one word, organize a Challenge, draw illustrations for the book together, make up a continuation of the story or stage a mini-play based on your kid’s favorite book.
12. What arguments would sound convincing for a child?
– Your favorite cartoon is based on this book.
– This book is about robots! Try it, I know how much you love them!
– I liked this book in my childhood very much! Let’s try to read it together!
– This is a new book by the author that you like.
– This book is in the school reading list.
– Everyone likes this book!
– Yes, the book is boring! However, it is a good example of classic literature.
– This is a favorite book of our neighbor’s son.
If you want to motivate your child to read more, use the arguments from the group A. They are emotional and respect the interests and desires of a child. On top of that, they are aimed at inspiring children to get acquainted with the book.
9 or more correct answers
Great! You know how to motivate your child to read. Keep going!
6-9 correct answers
In general, your direction is correct. Take our advice and use a little more creativity in communicating with the child. You are sure to succeed!
3-6 correct answers
You should reconsider your approach. Perhaps you put too much pressure on the kid. Remember that reading should be associated with joy.
0-3 correct answers
You absolutely don’t know how to inspire children! Fix this as soon as possible!
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