Parents are always in the quest for bettering their kid’s reading skills. They are also on the lookout for new options and methods to introduce this beautiful habit to them. Researches show that kids are not reading for fun any more and their interest in reading hasn’t elevated in the past two decades.
Research regarding kid’s reading
Recently a research was conducted regarding kid’s reading habits. Though the survey isn’t official, there are some interesting observations that has come to light.
- Reading rates have considerably dropped among adolescents. About 45% of 17-year-old children read only once or twice a year and that too only if they find it fun. One third of 13-year-old children also read just a couple of times a year.
- The reading scores of children in the age group of 9 to 13 have improved considerably, but there has been no change in the habit for 17-year-olds in the last three decades.
- Only 20% of Latino kids and 18% black kids are more proficient in reading when compared to 45% of white kids.
- 12% of girls are more proficient in reading when compared to boys.
- Girls read for longer periods of time.
These findings prove that older kids do not read as much younger kids. This is probably because when kids are younger, they find reading more fun because their parents help them in choosing books. Later on kids develop the misconception that they no longer have time for reading and indulge in other pleasurable activities; all the while, reading takes a backseat.
These statistics prove that encouraging reading among adolescents is very important. It would also help if parents can seek out reading material that have diverse stories and facts. This would help in their kid’s reading habits and they would find it refreshing when new topics are introduced.
Indeed, it can be challenging for parents to find interesting books for their kids. Watch out for the next post that gives tips on choosing books with diverse characters and themes for kids.