What is the best age and way to introduce reading in kids?

@mansha (6301)
India
December 21, 2006 1:57pm CST
My son is seven year old and he loves to listen to stories but is not an avid reader. This is a continuous discussion in my home how to make him indulge in reading regularly any comics or any books. I feel we should read a story with him at bed time thats enough and his books should be more like sleeping time stories or famous five style. while my husband wants him to read epics or moral value stories. Sometimes I find words are really difficult for him to comprehend. I also feel forcinghim to read for one hour daily in late evenings will slowly make him detest books altogether. I think we should leave him alone and go according to his mood and since we both are avid readers he will pick up the habit on his own. what do you all say?
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• United States
22 Dec 06
The way to instill a love for reading is to let them choose their own books. A recent study I heard said that the reading level of boys quickly improved when comics were added to the classroom reading materials. Comics often have complex words and boys love them. We read what we love. If you make a habit of hanging out in libraries, your kids will too.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
2 Jan 07
any books are good if they are reading them just let them enjoy all
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• United States
22 Dec 06
You should talk to his teacher. Have you had his eyes checked? They say if a kid can't see good he will have trouble reading. If that dosn't help check with the libary where you live some of them have reading progams that help in couage kid to read.
@momto2 (472)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I think you should encourage your son, not push him to read. Show him how smart he is and reward him every step of the way. After you read a book together, or if he reads it to you, have you tried going over the story plot/moral? Or talking about what characters he likes the best, etc. Show him and tell him how important learning to read is. As far as WHAT to read, I think reading anything is better then reading nothing. Maybe if it's something he actually enjoys reading (topic), then maybe he'll want to do so more often. This may be a little off topic, but when I was really young (say, 1st grade), my mother instilled a value, "you gotta go to school to get a good education". Maybe if you taught him something similar, he might have a drive to do so. Like, what does he want to be when he grows up? --i.e. a Veternarian. Well, give him books that have to do with animals, etc. Show him that to be a Vet, he needs to learn how to read so that he can help the animals. I wish you the best of luck!!
@taruha (559)
• United States
21 Dec 06
The hobby of reading can be introduced in a child may be at the age of about 8 years or so.to start with, you have to offer him suitable reading which keeps him intrested and his interest do not go away in the first instance itself.If you are fond of reading yourself,your gen are surely in your child and once you start feeding him properly, the kid will get used to reading and then, never leave it through the life.
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• United States
21 Dec 06
Why 8 years old? My daughter is 6 and loves to read. She has been reading chapter books for almost a year now--all by herself. She likes to read. I don't force her to do it. She just picks up a book and either reads to her brother and sisters or goes off in her room to read it to herself. She learned to read in school last year at the age of 5.
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@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Dec 06
I think your daughter is fantastic if she loves to read to everyone, how did you inculcate this thing in her or it came to her naturally.
• Philippines
21 Dec 06
Its good that you read that will be a good way to convince your kid to read.., dont force him to read it will make him be less interested... ask him his interest and buy the books that interest him... I started to read to my son when he was still a baby and I usually ask him what he likes to read and thats what we read. about the words... my dad thought me that If I have a word that I cant understand i will underline it and we both look it out in the dictionary and understand it... it will increase your childs vocabulary... try to make him read stories that are not too long, something that he could finish in an hour or less at first then after he is hooked up thats the time you give him something of an epic in nature or something of moral value... this is what my dad did to me... first novel I read after some interesting stories ... Lord of the Rings... finished the hobbits when I was just 7 years old (with the help of my dad of course, just imagine the book... its full of underlines becuase of the words that I could not understand at that time) I still like reading books until now and I did it to my son too... now he starts with simple fairy tales...
@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Dec 06
Thats amazing you read lord of the rings anmd hobbit at the age of seven. wow. I have started with enid blyton's sleeping time atories. I hope he will get interested eventually.
• Egypt
22 Dec 06
i will teach my kid read at 3 good time
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• United States
21 Dec 06
Well, my little sister is three. And even before she came out of the womb I've been reading to her. I think kids should be taught from when they're little, and be asked what they'd like to read and not to be forced. And they should see others around the house doing it too.
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• United States
21 Dec 06
You should start reading to a child at least by two years of age. But you should force reading on him. You correct in assuming that if reading is forced on him he will grow to detest it. Set an example for him by reading in front of him if he decides to become an avid reader good. If he decides not to right now give him time he's still you given time things may change.
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@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Dec 06
Yes I feel so too and you know yesterday I tried enidblyton story book with him and read out a story to him, today evening he has actuaslly come and sat down to read the story by himself. A story about the witch's cat who stole the magic jug for cream. He loved that.
• United States
21 Dec 06
Not every one loves to read. I always read a variety of stories to the kids at bedtime, not just sleeping time stories. My oldest son was reading by the age of 2 but his brother didn't learn to read on his own until he was almost 8. They're both avid readers but for the younger son the key was finding books he wanted to read by himself. Does your son want to read by himself? You might take him to the library and let him pick out a few books he wants to read. You can still read to him at night but in my opinion, you should read more than just sleeping time books at bedtime. A good adventure read a little every night for a few months is a great creativity builder. :)
@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Dec 06
He is good at reading and an a+ student. I am talking about reading as a pass time sorry if I was not clear enough.
@ZEZDBBMM (143)
• China
22 Dec 06
I THINK WHAT AGE IS NOT IMPORTANT BUT THE HABIT ,THE GOOD HABIT IS MOST VALUABLE!
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@UcoksBaBa (801)
• Indonesia
22 Dec 06
If I will be taught by me my child's child knew the letter and the figure to be previous will be taught by me knew the letter the normal Arabian letter in mentioned the letter hijaiyah
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@calvin222 (1607)
• India
22 Dec 06
HUH!?
@Marshell (60)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I remember when I was growing up my parents bought me books I hated! After they started letting me pick what I wanted to read I could not be found because I was hiding with my nose stuck in a book! It sounds like your young man might be having a problem. Since he is 7 I assume he is in school? What does his teacher say about his reading comprehension? Talk to him/her, check your sons papers and see if there is a problem. If there is you can take immediate actions to help fix it. If there is not a problem with reading comp. it may be he just does not want to read to you! It could be the books you pick, it could be stubbornness due to enforcing a reading hour. One thing is true, when he is ready he will start. If both you and your husband are avid readers then there is no reason to believe he wont. My son is mentally handicapped and I got him to read to me by telling him my eyes hurt and would he please read to me. You may just need another angle.I do know if you force the issue he will more than likely not read just to spite you! I used Archy and Jughead comic books with my son. Good luck! Also you might want to look into kids mysteries.
@mansha (6301)
• India
20 Jan 07
eyes hurt....hmm that sounds like a good idea
@qqqmmm999 (208)
• China
22 Dec 06
Yes, it's hard to choose. My son is one year old. I find that sometimes he likes me reading to him. But I also don't know what books should I read to him. I think he doesn't understand most of the books.
• United States
22 Dec 06
I buy the fat card board books and read those to my son he seems to love it. Just watching his expressions waver from one book to another is fun. Mine son is 9 months old, you could read a college text book to your son and he would enjoy it, its not the book that he likes, remember at that age they can't really understand teh words. Its the sound of your voice.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Dec 06
i think there is no time frame as such. as a child grows and learns to write alphabets, he should be given a book to read. actually he starts reading at that tender age only. he reads on the billboards, on televion, on magazines and newspapers. while this reading comes from within it's diffcult for some to read a book they are given TO READ. when a kinda force comes in he gets reluctant and it's pretty much natural. so, i think, what's best is don't force him to read. u collect some colorful, attractive picture books with some simple story and keep those in his desk. donot show ur enthusiasm to chase him reading those. i am sure, he will pick them up. and as far as reading classics is concerned, he has to develop the taste from hom and school. but start with noddy series, ladybird series... tell him all mythological stories very interestingly and develop the inner urge in him... lastly, relax, cool down and take it bit easy
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 Dec 06
.........make reading fun for kids - a child reading
....start reading out Amar Chitra Katha and occasionally ask him to read it out to you, this will help. thanx
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@april444 (1341)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I started reading to my children when they were 6 months old and they love books alot. It improves vocabulalry and my 5 yr old is in kindergarden and starting to read to herself.
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@april444 (1341)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Maybe you can have him read a chapter book like harry potter and read one chapter a day to start one hour may be too much to a beginner. What ever he is interested in get those books. Scholastic has great book clubs and turn off the t.v/video games :) good luck
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• United States
21 Dec 06
I definitely would not try to force him to read. Kids will always rebel against anything you try to force on them. According to what I've read, reading to kids is the best way to encourage them to read when they are young. But be prepared for your child to go through a stage where they want nothing to do with books. I find this aversion to books (by the kids) especially in families where the parents read regularly. It's odd, and you would think it would be the other way round, but it's true. My sister and I are both avid readers and all of our children avoid books. We've never forced them to read, always took them to libraries, and bought books they wanted as we could afford them. But, it didn't seem to make a difference as they got older. I figure it's a rebellion thing, and they will come back to books when they get older (after the teen years).
@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Dec 06
I agree with you forcing books down will eventually lead to aversion to books totally, my brother doesn't read any books but I love books. WHile my both parents and aunts used to read a lot.I hope your kids will start reading eventually, Hope for the best and best will happen.
@Danielu (599)
• Romania
21 Dec 06
Kids with blue eyes - Isn`t he nice?! nice picture in my opinion!
I think a kid should read at 6 years or before. But it depends a lot of his parents, and how educated are them.
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@mansha (6301)
• India
13 Jan 07
I agree with you too.
@atulperx (735)
• India
21 Dec 06
toadys time child can start reading at the age of 3 , becuase by this time has even learnt some nams lik dad plz chiz , mom i want jam tofieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. hahahahahahahhaha
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@mansha (6301)
• India
13 Jan 07
Okay funny the sooner i would start him the sooner he will start wearing specs too a proof of reading. lol
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
21 Dec 06
You are right, forcing him to sit and read for an hour everyday would slowly make it a chore and not something to be enjoyed. Some things though to perhaps help encourage him to read. Try finding books about things he's already interested in. Start with simple ones and build from there. Or you can find a book that is bigger and read to him a chapter at a time. For example about that age my brother read to me The Hobbit. He read a chapter a night to me until it was done. Make a list up of things he likes already. Go to the library or a big book store and find some books that have those items in it. Let him read at his own pace. If he does start reading more, the better his reading will get in time. He'll get to the stories with more values and such that his father would like to once he can appreciate them.
@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Dec 06
Thanks for supporting me and yes I also feel the same way. I guess makin list is a good way to start.
• Philippines
21 Dec 06
reading - It is very important to learn reading because it is very helpful in everything we do. But we should never forget that while reading we should have comprehension on it to be able for us to understand what is the issue or topic.
As early as the age of three, you may introduce reading to a child according to their interest. Never force them to read, they will learn it gradually but you can introduce reading to them systematically. Choose a book that is colorful or you think that they will like. Keep a poster in his room like the alphabets, etc... so that he may be familiarize with it.
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@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Dec 06
I think you are right,I have found lady bird booksd really good for that
• United States
21 Dec 06
you need to get him to read. I'm surprised the school hasn't said something to you about him having trouble! Kids who have trouble reading struggle in school, and really should be put in smaller classrooms. Sorry but it must be said. You can set an example by letting him see you read. Read to him for 15 min in a day. Then if he really has trouble reading, get a starter book with very easy words and let him read to you. Help him if he needs it. You can find starter books anywhere. How does he do on site words? if you need any other help or suggestions you can message me.
@mansha (6301)
• India
13 Jan 07
To clear the confusion, I should have added habit of reading not reading
@cikedo (3486)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I would start reading to my child at about 2 and start teaching them to read at about 5.
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• Romania
22 Dec 06
Yes I think I'll do like you to !
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• India
16 Jan 07
in my opinion we should read a story with me and explain him properly and in betwwen try to ask some small question related to stories . this should be done daily so that interest will develop soon .
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