Here at Cheshire Tutors, we often hear the phrase, “My child doesn’t need to read stories any more”, or other such comments, which infer that a student has, for some reason, fallen out of love with reading for pleasure.
More than ever, reading for pleasure is confused with literacy in school life, in the minds of parents and in the minds of children. Reading is more likely to be regarded as a subject to learn than a pleasure to delight in. All too frequently, what is seen as fun is screen time, and students now spend more and more time on screens. This is squeezing reading and other activities, too. Parental anxiety about screens is high and growing.
One strategy for encouraging reading is discussed here by award-winning children’s author Christopher Edge as he shares strategies for talking to children about their reading,
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