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The art of reading books

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How to get your children to read more books

By Healthy By Knowledge


Healthy by knowledge Founders have spent years working in the educational system, helping students improve their results and have noticed a reoccurring theme.

Here, with all the dogmatism of brevity are the ten things we have learned.


  1.  The sooner the better: “Research has repeatedly shown that motivation to read decreases with age, especially if a child’s attitude towards reading becomes less positive.” It is said. If children do not enjoy reading when they’re young, then it is difficult to get them to do so when they are older.

  2. Home is key: If a child sees reading taking place at home he is more likely to want to imitate the actions of his parents or siblings. We learn by example so we, as adults must first set the example

  3. For reading's sake: Children need a purpose to read. By showing children how reading can be beneficial to them we spark their motivation. In order for this to work, you first need to find out what your child wants.

  4. No pressure: It is important to have a relaxed approach to the whole reading process. If it’s made to seem like too much of a big deal the child will feel pressure and reading will then become an unpleasant experience

  5. We don't like being told what to do: It’s important to let the reader choose his own literature. Forcing a book on them will get you nowhere and it will only create resistance. You don’t want to make reading seem like a “room cleaning” experience.

  6. Audio, visual, kinaesthetic: No two people are the same and that also goes for learning styles. Some may excel in the classical school environment of being mostly visual and auditory but others need to be active, “feeing” and “doing’. The feelers (kinaesthetic) usually struggle with school and are misunderstood, making the whole schooling experience a disaster. Recognise the child’s strategy for learning to maximise his experience and results.

  7. Want to read: The child must want to read so we must uncover his motivation. By showing a child that reading will be beneficial for their future it motivates them to want to pick up a book. Simply telling them to read however will get you nowhere. The child must see, hear and feel it. Usually showing them a role model of theirs that reads is a good start.

  8. Identity: By encouraging children to think of themselves as readers through a positive association with books will subconsciously align them with a passion for reading.

  9. Making a statement: If a person openly makes a statement in public regarding a topic, he is more likely to remain consistent with his statement. The key is to promote positive statements to enforce positive change in the person.

  10. Who are your friends: Children take action the fastest when surrounded by their peers. When in doubt of what to do, they look to see what others are doing. If they are reading then most likely the child will read too. Encourage environments where reading is common practice and where positive messages promote reading.

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