$5 to get your child read a book
December 12, 2012 2:01am CST
Most parents want their child to spend their time reading books but they just don't know how and most will use coercion just to get their child reading. A good way to make your child read books is by paying them $5 for every books that they will finish, price depends on the thickness of the book and how educational the book is. Of course, at the beginning they will cheat and just go after the money, you just have to be on guard when they are reading. BUT, sooner or later they will surely start to love what they are reading. This is said based on my own experience. Why not give it a try?
3 people like this
28 Jan 13
I don't have any personal experience with that method, and my parents used other methods when they wanted to encourage us to read. My mother and I started visiting the library together when I was 3 or 4 years old. At that time I couldn't read, but I still loved to pick out books based on the drawings on the front page. My mother also helped me pick out some books and when we returned from the library my parents read the books aloud. I loved books and I loved the library even before I learned to read and I think that the early visits to the library had a lot to do with that. I still remember how much I enjoyed picking out the books as a child and later when I learned to read I borrowed even more books and I could read for hours. If I get a child I would take them to the library very early and I try to encourage them to become interested in books like my mother did instead of paying them for reading.
• United States
28 Jan 13
I remember being bribed to do well in school,particularly in math and spelling which were not natural skill sets to my mind. I think that getting kids to read is very important, but a better strategy is to 1) let them see you doing it 2) let them have choice in what they read. Don't make it all about suggested reading list and vocabulary acquisition. Teach them that books and literacy are fine not just functional. 3) Involve them in local library programs that get kids to read by doing a service project. For example, my local library did a program where children got sponsors for every book they read and wrote a report about. The program then give the money to a horse sanctuary which used the money to buy feed for the horses. This got even the most reluctant reader reading because they wanted to help the horses, who they had met at the beginning of the program. It was truly a beautiful experience.
15 Jan 13
Reading books is good habit but not every person like this because every person interest is changed some like playing, watching TV, spending time on net but some are like reading books. Giving money is good but check the child spending in purchasing books or other things.
• United States
14 Jan 13
I don't think I would ever pay my kid to read a book. There seems to be something... weird or immoral about that. I want them to enjoy reading a book not for monetary pursuits but because they enjoy reading it. I don't think I would use money as a reward; I just don't feel like that is sending the right message.
• Guangzhou, China
13 Dec 12
I don't think it is a good idea to encourage children to read by money. In fact the parents can be a good example. If the parents will spend more time reading in usual, then their children can learn from them. And you can try to bring your children to the library. They can choose the books that they are interested in. After they have a habit of reading, then you can give them more books. This is how I taught my son. He enjoys reading so much.
12 Dec 12
I'm not keen on this idea. It's just teaching the kid the concept of bribery. One of the problems in almost all countries today is corruption. How can we solve this if at a very young age a child is already learning how to use money to get what a person wants. I think it's better that we set an example. We should let our child see that we're also reading a book. That's how we did it with my son, and until now he still loves reading books.
12 Dec 12
I am not sure about the paying part but i am also encouraging my kids to learn but i do the reward thing but not using money, i give them goodies,some chocolates, stickers and stuff like that. Sometimes i read it to them and tell them what it is about and explain and they get interested about it.. the money part i am still not sure if it will work because my kids are pretty smart and they might just go after the money without really digesting the book story part.
12 Dec 12
I don't know about this. I totally disagree in paying a child just to read a book. The child will eventually be after the money and you'll just be burdened with a problem that you caused. My brother is not allowing her child to play video games Mondays thru Fridays and really tried to pick her line of interest and observed her. When he discovered that she loves the solar system, he bought a book with pictures about it and the both of them read it together. I know that it is different with other people but I'm just not sure about bribing.