Many parents face this problem today: the child does not want to read. Let’s consider some reasons why children do not like reading.
Often children simply do not know that reading is something interesting. In childhood their parents did not read fairy tales to them before sending to bed, what they read in the classroom is not interesting. The child can not even imagine what it’s like to read a book just for yourself. It is worth to offer 2–3 really interesting books (let it be just adventures, not necessarily a profound and useful reading) to the child, and she will be “drawn into” reading.
The child himself does not decide to read a book, she needs the help of his parents. Do not rush to scold the child for not reading books. Perhaps, it’s not only him who is to blame. Pay attention to yourself. When was the last time you read the book? The child unconsciously takes an example from you in everything, watches how you yourself feel about the book.
Sometimes children learn to read too late (when they are about 8 years old) — in this case the so-called “sensitive period” (a time in a person’s development when they are more responsive to certain stimuli and quicker to learn particular skills) has been missed, as a result — great difficulties in mastering the word. And what’s difficult to master, quickly becomes not loved.
Many children get disgusted by the book at school. Many teachers teach illiterately, the lessons of reading give the child negative emotions or at least leave them indifferent. As a result, again — the child refuses to read. The teacher can form an incorrect attitude towards reading, not demonstrating connection of the stories with real life, encouraging reading for speed without taking pauses to ‘digest’ what the author tries to tell.
Sometimes the child can not read because of the weak willpower. From an early age, she got used to everything that is easy for him, parents fulfill all requests, grandparents read fairy tales, in general, all wishes are fulfilled. And to read, you need to make an effort. First, you need to learn to read. Secondly, you need to have imagination and spend mental efforts to imagine the characters, to overcome some difficulties together with the favorite characters, to digest the author’s complex style, etc. It’s much easier to open a comic book or watch a Disney cartoon. There are plenty of bright images, positive emotions are easily received, it is not necessary to think much about it — cool!
Sometimes it happens like this: a child reads a lot, wherever it is possible, but when she grows up — she doesn’t want to read at all. Why? Perhaps there was too much reading. Everything is good in moderation.
The general decline in interest in reading is, of course, the influence of time. There is no cult of the book in the society anymore, it has gone out of fashion. There is no shortage of books — and what is available and not prohibited is uninteresting.
In addition, we live in an information age. What does it mean? We are surrounded by too much information. TV, computer, music centers, sound and visual advertisements, etc. — accompany us always and everywhere. There are very few opportunities to stay in silence, not to observe bright posters on the walls, etc. As a result, mental capabilities are depleted, and there is not enough energy for additional emotional efforts in reading.
What does reading give us? This is general literacy and horizons, the development of moral skills and the ability to express our thoughts and feelings, help in communication and socialization, mastering the sense of language, attentive attitude to the word, the ability to distinguish between its emotional and semantic nuances, what is good, what is bad. If you want your child to read, first of all, pay attention to yourself — what do you do for this?