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Reading is one of those “things” that kids either seem to enjoy or dislike. Luckily in my case, both of my boys truly enjoy reading, but I know that’s not the case with every child. Even if your child seems to dislike reading, there are things you can do to get your child to actually enjoy it instead.
#1. Try Community Reading Programs
Sometimes just reading for your own sake isn’t enough. Kids want to be recognized for their hard work and determination. Community reading programs are perfect for helping kids get excited about reading and making it more enjoyable. During these programs, kids get rewarded for the amount of hours they read… It’s pretty exciting!
#2. Try Reading Together
Sometimes adding a little bit of fun in with reading makes it more enjoyable. Parents, read with your children to spruce up the idea of reading. Spend time talking about the book and even using goofy voices while reading. Take the time to teach your child about how high or low inflections in their reading voice can add a little spin to their reading fun.
#3. Involve Their Favorite Characters
If you can get your child to understand that reading is a part of everyday life, then you have established something great in their minds. Allow your child to keep up to date with their favorite characters online by following a blog or something along those lines. There are even books out that align with most cartoon characters. Realizing that reading is about more than sitting in a room alone will help your child enjoy reading that much more.
#4. Why not Electronic Reading?
Thanks to technology, your child can start reading in different formats. Paper books are great, but if something like a Nook or Kindle helps your child love reading, then so be it. I have also found that the process of reading can be fun for kids when using an electronic reader. They get to scan hundreds of books that might not be available through paperback. Plus, Amazon has tons of FREE books every week, so this doesn’t need to be an expensive reading endeavor.
#5. Books as Gifts
Children learn to value the things we teach them to value. If they see you reading and enjoying a book, they are more likely to follow. Instead of giving the latest superhero or Barbie doll to your child, consider gifting them a book. When you give a child a book as a gift, you’re teaching them that reading has value and is important.
I have always encouraged my boys to read and am so happy that they both have a love for it. In our schools, there is a big emphasis on reading as well, which makes me a happy mama. From kindergarten through elementary school, the kids read for at least two combined hours each day. With all that brain power being used while my kids are at school all day, packing them a great lunch is something I take very seriously. They need fuel to power all that thinking they do all day.
That’s why I headed to Walmart to pick up some Horizon Squeeze Pouches (which come in Mixed Berry, Strawberry, and Orange) and Horizon Kids Aseptic Milk Boxes to send them to school with.
The thing is, both of my boys are both in different schools this year and they each have different start times. That means that mornings are busy in my house and honestly sometimes eating right can be the last thing on my mind. With Horizon products, I don’t even have to sweat it because I know I sending my boys off to school with foods with ingredients that I can feel good. Plus my kids both love them, so it’s a win/win.
I love that I can just grab Horizon Organic Fruit Pouches and Milk Boxes and put them quickly and easily into the boys lunchboxes.
Here’s why I love Horizon Milk Boxes:
- There are 8gr of protein per milk box
- They are an excellent source of calcium
- No high fructose corn syrup!
- Chocolate: Flavored with organic cocoa
- Vanilla: Flavored with organic vanilla extract
The Horizon Organic Fruit Pouches are pretty awesome, too:
- 5gr of protein per pouch
- They’re an excellent source of calcium!
If you are interested in trying out some Horizon Squeeze Pouches, there is going to demos held at Walmart between 11/5/2015 – 11/8/2015 (at participating stores). Check the store list here to see if your Walmart is having one.
How do you teach your kids to enjoy reading?